Blenheim by Starlight

Friday 22nd March 2019

Dress: Black Tie
Reception: 7:00pm
Dinner: 8:00pm
Auction: 10:00pm
After Party: 11.30pm
Carriages: 2.00am


On 12th December, George Blandford, Toby Thorp, Caspar Thorp, and Justin Evelegh (team Oar Inspiring) embarked on a 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean. The team set themselves two almighty challenges – the first, to complete the world’s toughest ocean rowing race, The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The second, to raise enough money (£250,000) to fund a year’s worth of wishes for Starlight children. On January 16th, they completed this epic journey in an incredible 35 days, 8 hours and 5 minutes.

To celebrate Oar Inspiring’s achievement and support the second part of their challenge, The Duke and Duchess of Marlborough have invited us into their family home and together with Starlight are hosting ‘Blenheim by Starlight’ at Blenheim Palace on Friday 22nd March 2019.

Join 280 guests and enjoy a spectacular ball, formal dinner and live entertainment. This will be a very special and unique opportunity to experience the splendour of Blenheim Palace, with drinks in the Great Hall, The Saloon and State Rooms where expert guides will be on hand to show guests around and answer questions about Blenheim’s history. Drinks will be followed by dinner with live entertainment in the stunning Long Library and an auction hosted by Lord Dalmeny. Then finally dance the night away by the Water Gardens while supporting the boys’ incredible efforts.

We will be fundraising to help Oar Inspiring reach their target of £250,000, which will enable Starlight to continue to support seriously ill children and their families. Starlight is a national children’s charity dedicated to brightening the lives of children and young people suffering from a serious illness. We do this through our hospital play, distraction and entertainment services, wish granting and Escape programmes. These programmes deliver the support and experiences that families need; giving them a break from the routine and reality of living with serious illness and life-threatening conditions.