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Festive fun comes to Sussex for children with life-shortening conditions

Thursday 7 December 2017

Christmas came to Eastbourne and Worthing on 25 and 26 November for families cared for by Chestnut Tree House and Demelza Hospice Care for Children, with two festive parties taking place.

On Saturday 25 November children and their families from across East Sussex attended a Christmas party at the Kings Centre in Eastbourne laid on jointly by both children’s hospices, who worked together to deliver an afternoon full of Christmas cheer. This was followed by another party held by Chestnut Tree House for families in West Sussex and South East Hampshire on Sunday 26 November at Avisford Park, Arundel.

Both parties had magical Disney themes, with characters provided by The Petite Fairytale Boutique in Worthing, carols provided by the Downland Singers and entertainment from Marco the Magician and David Croucher. There was also facepainting, a funky photobooth and balloon modelling from Little Twister. Of course, no Christmas party would be complete without a visit from Father Christmas, and he didn’t disappoint, coming along to meet the boys and girls and give them an early Christmas gift.

Trish Cullingford, activity Co-Ordinator at Chestnut Tree House added. “Families at both parties had a wonderful time, with many commenting on the fantastic festive atmosphere, the wonderful entertainment and our very special visit from Mr and Mrs Christmas. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped make it happen; the Petitie Fairytale Boutique and Downland Singers who gave their time for free, Over the Moon party shop and Sussex Party Shop for doing such great jobs of creating our winter wonderlands, and, of course, Father and Mrs Christmas for taking the time to come and see us.”

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