A SPONSORED walk in memory of loved ones took place at Blenheim Palace, raising thousands of pounds for charity.

The event, organised by SeeSaw, attracted more than 200 walkers on Sunday.

The charity offers grief support for children and young people in Oxfordshire, and is Blenheim’s official charity for 2020.

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Jane Elliott, who organised the event, said: “The beautiful Blenheim grounds provided the most perfect setting. Over 200 people came along, including many of the families that SeeSaw has been supporting this year.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to walk and remember those who have died. We are hugely grateful to Blenheim Palace for so kindly allowing us to hold this special event, which has raised about £10,470 for SeeSaw.

“This figure far exceeds what we imagined we would raise, given everything that has happened this year.”

Since its launch 20 years ago, SeeSaw has supported over 6,000 children to reduce the emotional, psychological and mental health consequences of bereavement.

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Stephanie Duncan, Blenheim’s marketing and communications director, said: “We are all absolutely delighted with the amazing success of the sunrise walk.

“SeeSaw is such a fantastic charity and an incredibly important resource for young people facing the worst possible news, offering them help and support to cope with and understand their grief.”

As a result of the disruption due to coronavirus, Blenheim Palace has confirmed it will extend SeeSaw’s charity of the year status into 2021.