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14 year old raises vital funds for hospice

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Willingdon Community School student James Clark has raised an impressive £438 for Chestnut Tree children’s hospice by hosting an Easter Fair.

19. Easter FairThe fair is the latest in a string of fundraising events hosted by the 14 year old from Eastbourne, bringing the total amount raised for the charity to over £1,300.

James is a keen supporter of Chestnut Tree, describing them as a ‘good cause’. After deciding, at the age of 11, that he wanted to help children less fortunate than himself, he learned about Chestnut Tree – who care for children with life-shortening conditions and their families in East Sussex – and has been dedicated to fundraising for them ever since.

Having previously hosted a coffee morning, worn a Santa suit for a day, and held Halloween parties, this year James hosted his second Easter Fair this year. He approached local businesses for support, resulting in two tombolas and a raffle full of top-notch prizes – from Easter Eggs to tickets for days out. He also organised an arts and crafts table, 19. Easter fair - rafflea picture competition, book stall and refreshments.

James, who is visiting the Hospice building later this month to see first-hand the care offered by the charity, said he was happy with the amount he raised.

“James should be really proud of what he has achieved” says Georgina Cook, Community Fundraising Officer at Chestnut Tree. “He has put a lot of work into the fair – as he does with all of his fundraising – and raised a huge amount as a result. We receive less than 7% of our funding from central government so we rely heavily on the generosity of the local community to keep offering our care.”

Chestnut Tree want to double the number of children they are caring for in East Sussex and are asking people to put their Hands Up! if they can help the hospice in that goal, just as James has done. You can find out more about the campaign here or by calling the Eastbourne office on 01323 725095.