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Country house open day for Macmillan

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: July 19, 2013

Lord Clifford with Pam Warring of Macmillan Cancer Support outside the orangery at Ugbrooke House

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An historic country house is to host a charity fundraiser with hundreds of singers and a big band sound.

Ugbrooke House will open its doors to the Big Noise Chorus and other artists and stalls in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Sunday.

Lord and Lady Clifford, who own the 900-year-old estate, are offering private tours of their home in return for a £4 donation.

Lord Clifford revealed a personal involvement with Macmillan, who supported his mother when she died of cancer. He said: "Katherine Clifford sadly passed away in 1999 from lymphoma cancer, previously having fought cancer of the thorax and during her last few hours, a Macmillan nurse held one hand by her bed whilst I held the other. I want to raise money to help other people affected by cancer and also promote all the good work that is done by the Macmillan Nurses."

Ugbrooke is set in a tranquil Devon valley, near Chudleigh, east of Dartmoor, and was landscaped by the celebrated garden designer Capability Brown.

The Open Day runs from 10am to 4.30pm with more than 250 singers from across Devon and a band playing hits from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

All the funds made on the day will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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