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Every two years, Worthing High School take on a walking challenge to raise money for Chestnut Tree House.
This September, almost 1,000 students and staff walked 12 miles from the school in Broadwater to Cissbury, on to Chanctonbury Ring and back again, raising an incredible £16,041 – exceeding their £15,000 target.
Long-term supporters, Worthing High School have been fundraising for Chestnut Tree House since 1999, and their biennial sponsored walk has raised a staggering £60,000 since it started in 2009. This year’s walk was organised by Jules Smith and Suzanne Bryant, staff of Worthing High School, with the help of Wiston Estate, The National Trust and Sussex Search and Rescue.
Suzanne Bryant and some of the students were invited to visit the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth during the launch of Chestnut Tree House’s Get Festive campaign to present their cheque to Community Fundraiser, Caroline Roberts-Quigley.
Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “We are incredibly grateful to the staff and students at Worthing High School for raising this incredible amount. It costs Chestnut Tree House £6,850 every day to provide all the specialist care services to local life-limited children and their families – both at the hospice and out in the community – so this support is invaluable.
“The £16,041 they raised will pay for two full days of care at Chestnut Tree House, which is an amazing help. It will also pay for a three-night break at the hospice for a child, allowing them to enjoy the hydrotherapy pool, relax in the multi-sensory room and join in with a host of activities. Thank you from everyone at Chestnut Tree House – this money really will make a difference.”