Eric The Duck Wittfest Charity Music Festival
The Plough, Long Wittenham
Friday 13 June to Sunday 15 June 2014




This year our two selected charities are Pets As Therapy and Footsteps Foundation. You can visit their websites by clicking on their logos in the Charities column but here's a brief summary of the excellent work both charities undertake.

Pets As Therapy

"Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983. It is unique in that it provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues by volunteers with their own friendly, temperament tested and vaccinated dogs and cats.

Since it's beginning over 22,000 PAT dogs have been registered into the Pets As Therapy scheme. Every year some of these retire and new dogs, having first been examined and passed on health, temperament, suitability and stability grounds, join Pets As Therapy.

Today there are currently around 4,500 active PAT visiting dogs and 108 PAT cats at work in the UK. Every week these calm friendly dogs and cats give more than 130,000 people, both young and old, the pleasure and chance to cuddle and talk to them. The bedsides that are visited each year number a staggering half million."
Pets as Therapy

"Young Dementia UK works in Oxfordshire with people affected by young onset (under the age of 65) dementia and their families. Support helps people to maintain their skills and to improve their confidence and self-esteem. The service also creates reliable, frequent breaks for partners and family members. "
Young Dementia UK

Some of the charitable organisations for which Wittfest has raised money over the years:

Against Breast Cancer (2004, 2008)
Age Concern(2009)
Chiltern Air Ambulance and Turville School Trust (2003)
Cruse Bereavement Counselling (2005)
Footsteps Foundation (2012, 2013)
Guideposts Trust Music Therapy(2011)
Heads Up (2006)
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People (2002)
Helen & Douglas House (2008)
Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary (2006)
Leonard Cheshire Home Minibus Appeal (2007)
Oxfordshire Befriending Network (2010)
Pets As Therapy (2009, 2013)
Soundabout (2011, 2012)
St John Ambulance Service (2004)
The Alzheimer's Society (2007)
Rosie's Rainbow Fund (2005)
Riding For The Disabled (2010)


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3 day weather forecast
Tuesday: Partly Cloudy, Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F)
Wednesday: Light Cloud, Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F) Minimum Temperature: 1C (34F)
Thursday: Light Rain, Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F) Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F)

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