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Blenheim Palace raises vital Gift Aid to fund restoration

Blenheim Palace has announced it has raised over £200,000 in Gift Aid so far this year.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, was officially designated as a charity in January.

Its new status has allowed Blenheim Palace to operate the Gift Aid scheme which enables charities to claim back income tax on donations made by visitors who are also UK taxpayers.

It can now claim back 25p for every £1 donated from the government; boosting the value of the donation by a quarter.

All the money raised is being used to help fund restoration and conservation work on the 18th century Oxfordshire stately home.

Dominic Hare, CEO of Blenheim Palace, said: “We are extremely pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response we have received from visitors following our decision to become a charity at the start of the year.”

“The money raised is helping us fund a variety of essential maintenance programmes including urgent repair work on 18th century Bladon Bridge, repairs to original plaster work ceilings in the staterooms and renovating the gilded cast iron Flagstaff gates to the Palace.

He added: “It will also enable us to improve the heating system; both to save energy as well as create a better environment for the long term preservation of the many treasures within the Palace itself.”

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