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Chestnut Tree invites local businesses to breakfast

Saturday 18 November 2017

The Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne was the latest venue to host a networking breakfast for Chestnut Tree children’s hospice, encouraging local businesses to get together to network and learn more about the work of the charity.

75 people attended the sold-out event on Thursday 16 November, with representatives from a wide range of businesses, including CDS electrical, Gaby Hardwicke, HSBC and the Chambers of Commerce for Sussex and Uckfield.

Over breakfast, guests heard from Chestnut Tree’s Community Team Leader Rebekah Denny about the care the charity provide in the local area. “We have a team of nurses and care support workers who are based in Eastbourne and visit families across East Sussex,” she explained. “Our regular visits give parents and carers the opportunity to take a well-earned break from the round the clock responsibilities of caring for a child with a life-shortening condition. We are also available 24-hours a day at the end of a child’s life, enabling them to stay at home if they so wish.

“We all go through a range of emotions working with children who are not likely to reach adulthood, but the rewards we get in forming bonds and caring for these children make it all so worthwhile.”

Guests were also treated to an informative talk from Richard James, Operations Manager at the Rathfinny Wine Estate near Alfriston. He talked about the growth of the vineyard and their plans to start selling their first sparkling wine in 2018. He also mentioned their strong connections to the local community, ensuring that their buildings were designed, planned and built by local firms, they employ local people and source food for their restaurant locally.

Talking about the event, Mikayla Bernstein, Corporate Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree, commented. “It’s been fantastic to see so many people today and to find out about so many different local businesses. We hope everyone enjoyed finding out a bit more about Chestnut Tree in this wonderful setting. On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree we would like to thank the Hydro Hotel for supporting the event, Richard James for his fascinating talk and everyone for coming along to meet us.”

Chestnut Tree is the children’s hospice for Sussex and South East Hampshire. Their care is offered free of charge to families, but the charity receives less than 7% of it’s funding from central government. Information about how businesses and individuals can support Chestnut Tree, including their Get Festive campaign and upcoming breakfast meetings, can be found in the corporate section of our website.

Chestnut Tree’s next networking breakfast will be on 22 February at the i360 in Brighton