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Hever Castle raises £13,000+ for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Visitors to Hever Castle near Edenbridge have raised more than £13,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity). The castle’s grounds had a Peter Pan-themed trail over the festive period, so GOSH Charity was selected to benefit from ticket sales.

The author of Peter Pan, JM Barrie, left the rights to his story to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929. 

Visitors were able donate to GOSH Charity when pre-booking tickets online as well as buy a special Peter Pan or Tinkerbell cookie in aid of the charity at the takeaway food outlets on site. For visits from 21 November to 27 December a total of £13,417.10 was raised.

Part of the Peter Pan-themed trail. Picture: Hever Castle & Gardens

Sarah Wolf, from GOSH Charity, says: “We’re so grateful to everyone at Hever Castle for choosing to support GOSH Charity. Following a very challenging year, I hope that all the visitors to Hever Castle enjoyed the timeless story of Peter Pan through the immersive trail. The money raised will help us to support seriously ill children from across the UK who are cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital.”

Visitors were able to take in the magical festive trail when coming to the heritage site’s extensive grounds as part of their daily exercise.

Starting in London in the nursery, the trail took visitors ‘high’ above the city streets into space and following the directions to Neverland – second star to the right and straight on till morning. They discovered where Peter’s friends The Lost Boys live, visited the Mermaid Lagoon, the Native American camp, tiptoed past the Crocodile with his ticking clock and Captain Hook’s pirate ship at the dock. As the trail finished, Nana the dog was in her kennel.

*As is usual at this time of the year, the castle grounds are currently closed. When they will reopen is dependent on Government Covid directives.


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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