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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 15 and 16 October have been paid for by Richard Skerritt, Managing Director of Skerritt Consultants.

Here is why he has chosen to support pay for a day:

“At Skerritts, we like to give something back to the community through charitable donations and support several charities each year.

“As a father of six lovely children, my focus tends to be on children’s charities and we tend to support local charities, although we did fund the construction of a Children’s Home in India a few years ago.

“We were spurred on to the recent donation by seeing the parent speaker at the ball who spoke about how Chestnut Tree House supported her and continued to do so, it touched us immensely.”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to Richard Skerritt for his generosity and continued support, which makes a real difference to the life-limited children and families we support.

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Paul Jones, Patron of Chestnut Tree House and ex-Wales international footballer, and his wife Annette are showing their support for Chestnut Tree House by choosing to Pay for a Day of care services on Friday 13 October.

Paul and Annette are great supporters of Chestnut Tree House, and since becoming involved with the hospice have raised £200,000 to help local life-limited children and their families. Paul won the Outstanding Individual Fundraiser award at the Chestnut Tree House business awards in March 2015.

Paul and Annette’s fundraising activities include annual celebrity golf days, charity football matches, 10k runs and even a seven day trek along the Great Wall of China. The couple regularly show their support for hospice events, donating auction prizes and attending the Snowman Spectacular Fundraising Ball every December.

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Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a big thank you to Paul and Annette for their generosity and continued support, which makes a real difference to the life-limited children and families we support.

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

If you would like to find out more about how you can Pay for a day at Chestnut Tree House, please call our Fundraising Development Manager, Juliette MacPherson on 01903 871836 or email juliette.macpherson@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk.

skerrittsThe cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 11 October have been paid for by Richard Skerritt, Managing Director of Skerritt Consultants.

Here is why he has chosen to pay for a day:

“At Skerritts, we like to give something back to the community through charitable donations and support several charities each year.

“As a father of six lovely children, my focus tends to be on children’s charities and we tend to support local charities, although we did fund the construction of a Children’s Home in India a few years ago.

“We were spurred on to the recent donation by seeing the parent speaker at the ball who spoke about how Chestnut Tree House supported her and continued to do so, it touched us immensely.”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to Richard Skerritt for his generosity and continued support, which makes a real difference to the life-limited children and families we support.

The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 7 October have been paid for by Club Carrera.

Jonathan Trees, Founder of Club Carrera said,  “Quite a few years ago I was a driver on a Peter Saywell charity day, and he had chosen CTH as the charity for his day. I was taking people round the track in my car and I got chatting to my next passenger, a teenage girl.

“Where are you from?” I asked, and she replied “I’m from the House”. I inquired, “Which house?” to which she answered “Chestnut Tree House… I’m not very well.”

She carried on chatting about the car when we had time, but was a little quieter on the corners! When we stopped she thanked me very much, and then disappeared.

ClubI was lost for words for some time. My eyes were filling with tears the more I thought about how brave she was, getting on and enjoying her time, rather than complaining about the cards she’d been dealt. I also felt lucky about our own children’s good health.

The next day I did some research into how much money Chestnut Tree House needs each year, and took it upon myself to contribute when I could.

I joined a Teddy Bear Run (with my younger son), and then later I chatted with the two other founding-organisers, Andrew and Tony. We came up with a plan to copy Peter’s model of running a charity track-day, but expanding it into a One-Marque-Meet as well. Petrolheads need only a little excuse to want to drive and meet & chat, so enabling them to contribute to a charity at the same time is a small step.

We are very pleased that so many businesses still wish to contribute to the day, especially PCGB, who wished to expand their involvement this year, including helping us with the back-office admin which is very time-consuming indeed!”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you all involved in Club Carrera for their generosity and support.

The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 3 October 2017 have been paid for by anonymous donors. We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the House and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

A most grateful thank you from the staff, volunteers, families and children at Chestnut Tree House to the anonymous donors.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 25 September 2017 have been paid for by anonymous donors. We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the House and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

A most grateful thank you from the staff, volunteers, families and children at Chestnut Tree House to the anonymous donors.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on the 21 September has been paid for by the fundraising of colleagues at Equiniti.

This is why they have chosen to Pay for a Day:

“At Equiniti our colleagues like to give something back to the community through charitable donations and for a number of years we have supported Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice which is close to our Worthing office. We fundraise in our South Eastern offices throughout the year, running events like raffles, dress-down and even recently a festival! We also take part in regular charity bag donations to help stock the retail shops.

This year we have already sent volunteers to the house to help maintain the beautiful gardens and woodland walk. Today a team of 15 employees are at the house working hard as part of Pay for a Day at Chestnut Tree House”

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

A most grateful thank you from the staff, volunteers, families and children at Chestnut Tree House to Equiniti for all your continued support and generosity.

The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 16 September have been paid for by Nick and Jan Best.

They said “The 16th of September is special to us and to celebrate we cannot think of a better way than paying for a day.”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to Nick and Jan for their generosity and continued support.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 9 September 2017 have been paid for by an anonymous donor. We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the House and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

A most grateful thank you from the staff, volunteers, families and children at Chestnut Tree House to the anonymous donor.

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All care services at Chestnut Tree House on 2 September have been paid for by Mark Hutchinson.

This is why he has chosen to pay for a day

“Chestnut Tree House has a really special place in our hearts. It means the world to our family.  The 2nd September is our daughter Rowena’s birthday.

In December 2007, ten years ago,  Rowena who was 9 was diagnosed with a rare form of Cancer, a rhabdomysarcoma, and our lives changed.  In 2007 on Christmas Eve we were in Great Ormond Street being discharged at 6pm to go home with Rowena having had a biopsy, a Hickman line fitted, and her first cycle of chemotherapy – from then to the June it was a cycle of despair and agony.  However, in the June we were introduced to Chestnut Tree House and a community nurse called Helen came out to give us respite care, Rowena had just finished radio therapy and was starting on her final cycles of chemotherapy which made her really sick, she was on 28 different doses of medicine and could not be left without specialist care.  Helen was an angel to us and Rowena adored her.  She was the only person who we could happily leave Rowena with in order to spend a few hours with our other children.  

Thank you to Chestnut Tree House – it was the saving grace to us at this bleak time in our lives.  Rowena is now growing up and thankfully in total remission and we will always treasure what Chestnut Tree House did for us as a family.  As a result we are so happy to “Pay for a Day”.

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to Mark for his support.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on the 26 August has been paid for by funds raised by Mark and Von Spofforth during Mark’s year as High Sheriff of West Sussex.

Mark and Von chose Chestnut Tree House as one of two charities to support during their year, both related to children and the impact of terminal conditions.

Von and I were enormously privileged to be asked to serve as High Sheriff, and while fund raising is not a duty attached to the role, it does give a great opportunity to ask Sussex residents to help important institutions like Chestnut Tree.

Mark had been involved to some extent with the initial fund raising for Chestnut Tree when it was first set up, and has watched it grow, serving the increasing needs of the community.  There is no doubt that each and every child’s case tugs at the heartstrings, and reminds us how fortunate are those who have avoided such an experience first hand.

While we were the conduit for the funds raised, we must thank those who contributed, and helped to maintain support for such a wonderful cause.”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to pass their thanks to Mark and Von for their wonderful support and generosity.

The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 15 August 2017 have been paid for by an anonymous donor. We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the House and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

A most grateful thank you from the staff, volunteers, families and children at Chestnut Tree House to the anonymous donor.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 6 August 2017 have been paid for by an anonymous donor. We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the House and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

A most grateful thank you from the staff, volunteers, families and children at Chestnut Tree House to the anonymous donor.

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The costs of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 27 July 2017 have been paid for by Mike Holland. A day’s care at Chestnut Tree House costs £6,850.

This is why he has chosen to Pay for a Day.

Mike said: “Many years ago, I lost my son Brian aged 13 to cancer and sadly did not have the help of a hospice. If I had, then many of the challenges my family faced afterwards, could have been alleviated. There was so little support or understanding about the need to grieve and also how vital counselling is for the whole family.

“I want to make sure that families in Sussex have all the support they possibly can get when faced with the devastating news that a son, daughter, brother or sister is not going to reach adulthood. Chestnut Tree house provides happiness and comfort from the family’s first visit to the very last day of the child’s life. The child’s remaining days are filled with love and joy, giving their parents the memories that will last for the rest of their lives.”

It costs £6,850 every day to provide care at Chestnut Tree House and out in the community in families’ own homes. It is Mike’s goal to encourage as many individuals and companies to also pay for a day to help Chestnut Tree House continue its vital work.

From everyone at Chestnut Tree House, thank you so much to Mike for his continued and generous support.

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Mark SpofforthThe cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 26 July have been paid for by funds raised by Mark and Von Spofforth during Mark’s year as High Sheriff of West Sussex.

Mark and Von chose Chestnut Tree House as one of two charities to support during their year, both related to children and the impact of terminal conditions.

Mark said:

Von and I were enormously privileged to be asked to serve as High Sheriff, and while fundraising is not a duty attached to the role, it does give a great opportunity to ask Sussex residents to help important institutions like Chestnut Tree.

I had been involved to some extent with the initial fundraising for Chestnut Tree when it was first set up, and have watched it grow, serving the increasing needs of the community.  There is no doubt that each and every child’s case tugs at the heartstrings, and reminds us how fortunate are those who have avoided such an experience first hand.

While we were the conduit for the funds raised, we must thank those who contributed, and helped to maintain support for such a wonderful cause.”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to pass their thanks to Mark and Von for their wonderful support and generosity.

The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 18 July 2017 have been paid for by Sarah and John Lee.

Sarah’s employers have chosen Chestnut Tree House as their charity for 2017 and as part of their support, she and 7 colleagues visited the site in April and after being shown around, set to a day’s gardening. It was whilst working there that Sarah learned about the Pay for a Day scheme, and as a result, she and John decided to mark the birthday of John’s son, Michael, who died 25 years ago when he was 21 years old, by funding Chestnut Tree House on 18th July 2017.

Thank you so much to Sarah and John for supporting pay for day and helping to make a difference to the lives of the children and their families in our care.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 17 July 2017 have been paid for by an anonymous donor. We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the House and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

A most grateful thank you from the staff, volunteers, families and children at Chestnut Tree House to the anonymous donor.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 30 June has been paid for by Anthony Bliss.

This is why he has chosen to support pay for a day:

“I have been working with Chestnut Tree House for over a decade in supporting some of their outside events and helping to fundraise through the work that we do with them. When the opportunity arose to support the Pay-for-a-Day initiative on a personal level it seemed like a good opportunity to share from the older generation to the younger. I am very pleased to be able to pass this on in Memory of my Grandma Phyllis, who lived to 100 years old, and as part of her legacy to pay for a day on what would have been her 104th birthday, and help make a difference to the lives of so many families and children that use Chestnut Tree House for much needed help and support.”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House is truly grateful to Anthony for his support, which will really help to make a difference to the lives of the children and families in our care.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 24 June have been paid for by Tony and Lisa Occleshaw. This is why they have chosen to pay for a day:

“We were invited by some friends to the Christmas Ball raising money for Chestnut Tree House. It was an emotional evening but not completely in the way we expected. Yes, there were incredibly heart-breaking stories of loss and unbelievable courage. But we were struck much more with the joy, peace and love that the House gives to families and the amazing energy that everyone involved seems to have. So we decided there and then to support the Pay for a Day program on the date that our wonderful creature came into our lives! We can’t wait to visit and hopefully do more in the future to support such an amazing place.”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a big thank you to Tony and Lisa for their generosity and support.

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 21 June have been paid for by Magicman Ltd.  This is why they have chosen to pay for a day:

“Magicman Ltd may be a nationwide company but its heart (and Head Office) is in Sussex. It is incredibly important that the only children’s hospice in Sussex receives local support and I feel privileged to Pay for a Day at Chestnut Tree House. This year Magicman are delighted to announce they will be supporting ten days at the hospice, making a huge difference to the children and families at Chestnut Tree House.”  Mark Henderson, CEO of Magicman

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House is truly grateful to Mark Henderson and all at Magicman for their generous support throughout 2017.

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

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GSBRThe cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 18 June have been paid for by The Great Sussex Bath Race.

Event Founder Neil Laughton said “On behalf of all the Great Sussex Bath Race competitors…all the water, sweat and tears will be worth it, knowing that our efforts are directed at paying for a day at Chestnut Tree House.”

GSBR1This is the 5th year of The Great Sussex Bath Race and the support it has provided over the years has helped to make a huge difference to the children we care for along with their families.

We would like to pass our most grateful thanks on to everyone who helps make this such a successful event year after year.

The costs of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on Friday 17 June 2017 have been paid for by Matthew and Helen Brumsen.

A day’s care at Chestnut Tree House costs £6,850.

This is why they have chosen to Pay for a Day:
‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to support Chestnut Tree House, to help them continue their amazing and important work for families in our community.’

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a big thank you to Matthew and Helen for the generosity and continued support which makes a real difference to the life limited children and families we support.

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Josie Harrington and Chris Skiggs pay for 8 June in memory of their daughter Darcey on her 2nd birthday.

They are able to do so after the Jacob and Darcey Charity Ball raised enough money to enable Josie and Chris to sponsor a day to pay for all the care at Chestnut Tree House. The charity ball also raised money for Lauren and Dave to pay for a day in memory of their son Jacob.
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We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for all the care services at Chestnut Tree House, provided in the house and in the child’s own homes.  It costs £3.5million per year and families are never charged.

Thank you so much to Lauren and Dave for their support from everyone at Chestnut Tree House, it really does make a difference

All care services at Chestnut Tree House on 5 June 2017 have been paid for by Louie Jones’ Legacy.  Sharon Tettersell has this to say about her friend:

“I would like to share with you some wonderful memories of a very special lady called Agnes Louise Jones, known to her friends and family as Louie. She donated a large sum of money from her estate to Chestnut Tree House. When I heard of pay for a day I thought, what a lovely way to celebrate Louie`s life. She would have been 91 today. She was kind, caring, happy and an amazing friend. Giving to others was just her way and during her life she would have given to hundreds of charities. It’s what made her happy. She never complained and others always came first. She will be so pleased that she has helped so many children and families, even a year after her death. If the whole world were like her what a truly amazing place we would all live in. I am honoured to have known her. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOUIE”.

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes.  It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

Everyone is so grateful to Louie for thinking about Chestnut Tree House.  Find out how you can leave a legacy here.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 4 June have been paid for by Richard Skerritt, Managing Director of Skerritt Consultants.

Here is why he has chosen to pay for a day:

“At Skerritts, we like to give something back to the community through charitable donations and support several charities each year.

“As a father of six lovely children, my focus tends to be on children’s charities and we tend to support local charities, although we did fund the construction of a Children’s Home in India a few years ago.

“We were spurred on to the recent donation by seeing the parent speaker at the ball who spoke about how Chestnut Tree House supported her and continued to do so, it touched us immensely.”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to Richard Skerritt for his generosity and continued support, which makes a real difference to the life-limited children and families we support.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 28 May 2017 have been paid for by Ifield Chestnut House. This is why they have chosen to Pay for a Day:

‘Ifield Chestnut House is a fundraising group based around the Plough Inn in Ifield, Crawley. Pillars to Plough is the group’s annual sponsored walk from Brighton (A23 pillars) to the Plough Inn in Crawley. It is their biggest event of the year, and involves over 100 people. The full Pillars to Plough walk is 20 miles, but they also offer 10 and 5 mile starting points so that everyone can be involved.

Walking from Brighton to Crawley is a major achievement for anybody and the event inspires people to raise money for worthy local causes, including Chestnut Tree House. Following the walk, everyone congregates at the Plough Inn for a drink and a bite to eat. It is an excellent community event.

The 28 May 2017 is the date of the seventh Pillars to Plough walk, and the t-shirt colour this year is orange! To date, the teams have raised over £50,000 for Chestnut Tree House.’

Thank you to Ifield Chestnut House, The Plough Inn, and event sponsor Brock Taylor. Read more about Pillars to Plough here http://www.ifieldchestnuthouse.co.uk/pillars-to-plough/

Paul Roberts is paying for a day of care on Friday 19 May in honour of his Granddaughter, Tilly, who celebrates her 16th birthday today.

Tilly has a rare mutation of the TUBB3 gene, which leaves her unable to care for herself. She enjoys regular visits from Chestnut Tree House’s community team, who look after her whilst her family enjoy a well-earned rest. “We’d be lost without Jackie, our Care Support Worker,” says mum Debi. “Her visits are invaluable. It means I can actually pick our 13 year old son up from school, we can go to the park, or out for a meal.”

The community team are especially important to Debi and her family as Tilly becomes very anxious when away from home, meaning visits to the charity’s purpose-built hospice near Arundel are out. “We’ve visited the hospice and, whilst we all thought it was brilliant, Tilly just wanted to be back home.” The family now receive more home visits from Chestnut Tree so that Tilly can be cared for in an environment she is comfortable in.

In 2015 Tilly’s grandfather, Paul, visited Chestnut Tree’s hospice building near Arundel and was blown away by the facilities and care on offer. “It’s amazing,” he says. “Before we had even left I told my wife that I wanted to raise money for this amazing charity.” So he went about organising a golf day at Willingdon Golf Club, a day that was a huge success. In June last year 100 players raised over £8,000 for the charity, more than enough to pay for an entire day of care, both at the hospice building and in families’ homes across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.

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Paul Jones, Patron of Chestnut Tree House and ex-Wales international footballer, and his wife Annette are showing their support for Chestnut Tree House by choosing to Pay for a Day of all care services on Friday 12 May.

Today is the tenth Celebrity Golf Day that they have organized in aid of Chestnut Tree House. Whilst the teams are playing golf they will know that the money they had raised in 2016 is paying for all the care services at the hospice, which costs £6,850.

Paul and Annette are great supporters of Chestnut Tree House, and since becoming involved with the hospice have raised £200,000 through organizing their own events, as well as generously donating prizes which we have auctioned at our hospice events.

paul & annetterTheir 10 years of fundraising has included the annual celebrity golf days, charity football matches, 10k runs and even a seven day trek along the Great Wall of China. The couple regularly show their support for hospice events, donating auction prizes and attending the Snowman Spectacular Fundraising Ball every December.

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a big thank you to Paul and Annette for their generosity and continued support over the last 10 years, which makes a real difference to the children and families we support.

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

If you would like to find out more about how you can Pay for a day at Chestnut Tree House, please call our Fundraising Development Manager, Juliette MacPherson on 01903 871836 or email juliette.macpherson@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk

Roger Eve is paying for all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 11 May in the loving memory of his Mum and Dad, Betty and Harry Eve.

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

Thank you so much from everyone at Chestnut Tree House to Roger for his generosity and support.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 8 May have been paid for by funds raised by Mark and Von Spofforth during Mark’s year as High Sheriff of West Sussex.

Mark and Von chose Chestnut Tree House as one of two charities to support during their year, both related to children and the impact of terminal conditions.

Mark said:

Von and I were enormously privileged to be asked to serve as High Sheriff, and while fundraising is not a duty attached to the role, it does give a great opportunity to ask Sussex residents to help important institutions like Chestnut Tree.

I had been involved to some extent with the initial fundraising for Chestnut Tree when it was first set up, and have watched it grow, serving the increasing needs of the community.  There is no doubt that each and every child’s case tugs at the heartstrings, and reminds us how fortunate are those who have avoided such an experience first hand.

While we were the conduit for the funds raised, we must thank those who contributed, and helped to maintain support for such a wonderful cause.”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to pass their thanks to Mark and Von for their wonderful support and generosity.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 5 May have been paid for by Paul and Verity Craig, owners of Bohemia. Beautifully arranged over three floors, Bohemia delivers a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu (roast dinners on Sundays). By night, the popular venue becomes a tasteful high-end cocktail bar aimed at the more discerning mature customer.

Paul and Verity are proud to support Chestnut Tree House and commend the staff and patrons on their tireless wonderful work.

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to Paul and Verity for their generosity and support, which makes a real difference to the life-limited children and families we support.

 

 

The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 22 April 2017 have been paid for by Malcolm Thorpe. This is why he has chosen to Pay for a Day:

“Chestnut Tree House is a fantastic charitable cause to support. Including my personal tributes to the children and staff who are all inspirational.

I hope to contribute to the charity for many years to come.”

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

A most grateful thank you from the staff, volunteers, families and children at Chestnut Tree House to Malcolm Thorpe for all your continued support and generosity.

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tortoise19 April is Essie’s Day. Essie is a life limited triplet who is only 14 months old. She suffered a catastrophic brain injury at birth and spent the first 11 weeks of her life in hospital. Essie finally came home on 19 April 2016. Essie’s Day is about being a tortoise and taking life one day at a time. Time is precious when you are a life limited and severely disabled child.

Essie’s Day means that the total cost of a day of care at Chestnut Tree House has been paid for by Essie. It costs £6,850 a day to run Chestnut Tree House, but only 7% of the cost is provided by the Government and it relies on charitable donations.

Essie has now unfortunately entered her end of life care, but continues to fight each and every day for a few more seconds, minutes, hours, days or weeks with her family. She is a fighter and an inspiration. Be like Essie today, be a tortoise.

The cost of all care services on April 14 have been paid for by Patrick Moorhead. Here is why he has chosen to pay for a day:

“I have been supporting Chestnut Tree House since 2006 and am delighted that I can support the Pay for a Day initiative. I am delighted to continue my support for such a worthwhile charity that makes such a huge difference to the lives of the children and families that attend Chestnut Tree House.”

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

Thank you to Patrick Moorhead for paying for the services today. Everyone at Chestnut Tree House is so very grateful.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 6 and 7 April have been paid for by Magicman Ltd.  This is why they have chosen to pay for a day:

“Magicman Ltd may be a nationwide company but its heart (and Head Office) is in Sussex. It is incredibly important that the only children’s hospice in Sussex receives local support and I feel privileged to Pay for a Day at Chestnut Tree House. This year Magicman are delighted to announce they will be supporting ten days at the hospice, making a huge difference to the children and families at Chestnut Tree House.”  Mark Henderson, CEO of Magicman

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House is truly grateful to Mark Henderson and all at Magicman for their generous support throughout 2017.

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

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CASCO Pet, the Sussex based global leader in pet retail display, this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. To kick off its anniversary celebration, CASCO is delighted to announce their support of Chestnut Tree House.

Commenting on the partnership, Matthew Bubear said, “We are truly proud that Chestnut Tree House will be our Charity of the Year. Today we are paying for the costs of the care services for Chestnut Tree House to launch our partnership with the hospice. The CASCO Pet team will be participating in various fundraising initiatives throughout 2017 to raise vital funds for this exceptional facility, as well as volunteering time at the hospice and in their distribution centre.  We look forward to sharing our stories and fundraising efforts during the year”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to thank CASCO Pet for their support throughout 2017.

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The costs of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 March 2017 have been paid for by West Sussex business Technetix.

Technetix has built a strong relationship with Chestnut Tree House over the years and their staff are extremely passionate about raising money.

Paul Broadhurst, CEO at Technetix said, “By taking part in Chestnut Tree House’s Pay for a Day Scheme, Technetix recognises the amazing work they do and support the difference Chestnut Tree House makes in the local community.  The dedicated team provide a caring and supportive environment for families are able to spend precious quality time together.”

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes.  It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

From everyone at Chestnut Tree House, a most grateful thank you to Technetix for your continued and valuable support.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 22 and 28 March have been paid for by Magicman Ltd.  This is why they have chosen to pay for a day:

“Magicman Ltd may be a nationwide company but its heart (and Head Office) is in Sussex. It is incredibly important that the only children’s hospice in Sussex receives local support and I feel privileged to Pay for a Day at Chestnut Tree House. This year Magicman are delighted to announce they will be supporting ten days at the hospice, making a huge difference to the children and families at Chestnut Tree House.”  Mark Henderson, CEO of Magicman

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House is truly grateful to Mark Henderson and all at Magicman for their generous support throughout 2017.

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

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The costs of all care services on Saturday 18 March have been paid for by Chris Goodman, Director of Focus Group.

Here is why he has chosen to Pay For a Day:

“The 18th March is my Dad’s Birthday.  Sadly he passed away in 2000 leaving a gaping hole in my life, thankfully filled by my wonderful wife and children.  Patrick Goodman was someone whose life centred around children, hence I thought it a fitting tribute to pay for this particular day.  He spent 30 years as an English teacher and Rugby coach at schools in Sussex and Berkshire.  His passion for teaching made him a wonderful teacher and I am lucky enough to have spoken to several parents of the children he taught, who had nothing but praise for the impact his teaching had on their children.  If he were alive, he would have undoubtedly taken the opportunity to raise money for Chestnut Tree House, so it is in his honour that I make my own contribution to this wonderful charity”.

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a big thank you to Chris Goodman for his generosity and continued support which makes a real difference to the life limited children and families we support.

The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on the 14th March have been paid for by Jason and Tanja Cale

Here is why they have chosen to pay for a day:

“We have been involved with Chestnut Tree House for the last five years and feel passionate about the charity. We know that our support is crucial and that it makes such difference to the children and families that Chestnut Tree House support and look after.”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to Jason and Tanja Cale for their generosity and continued support, which makes a real difference to the life-limited children and families we support.

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87 - JacobLauren and JosieLauren and Dave Nutt pay for 11 March in memory of their son Jacob on his 2nd birthday.

They are able to do so after the Jacob and Darcey Charity Ball raised enough money to enable Lauren and Dave to sponsor a day to pay for all the care services at Chestnut Tree House. The charity ball also raised money for Josie and Chris to pay for a day in memory of Darcey.

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for all the care services at Chestnut Tree House, provided in the house and in the child’s own homes.  It costs £3.5million per year and families are never charged.

Thank you so much to Lauren and Dave for their support from everyone at Chestnut Tree House, it really does make a difference.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on the 13 February have been paid for by Richard Skerritt, Managing Director of Skerritt Consultants.

Here is why he has chosen to pay for a day:

“At Skerritts, we like to give something back to the community through charitable donations and support several charities each year.

“As a father of six lovely children, my focus tends to be on children’s charities and we tend to support local charities, although we did fund the construction of a Children’s Home in India a few years ago.

“We were spurred on to the recent donation by seeing the parent speaker at the ball who spoke about how Chestnut Tree House supported her and continued to do so, it touched us immensely.”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to Richard Skerritt for his generosity and continued support, which makes a real difference to the life-limited children and families we support.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 4 and 8 February have been paid for by Magicman Ltd.  This is why they have chosen to pay for a day:

“Magicman Ltd may be a nationwide company but its heart (and Head Office) is in Sussex. It is incredibly important that the only children’s hospice in Sussex receives local support and I feel privileged to Pay for a Day at Chestnut Tree House. This year Magicman are delighted to announce they will be supporting ten days at the hospice, making a huge difference to the children and families at Chestnut Tree House.”  Mark Henderson, CEO of Magicman

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House is truly grateful to Mark Henderson and all at Magicman for their generous support throughout 2017.

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes. It now costs over £3.5 million a year to provide our care services and families are never charged.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 20 January have been paid for by Michael Chowen CBE DL

Michael and his wife Maureen have been involved with Chestnut Tree House since 2006. He has been a patron of Chestnut Tree House since 2009. Maureen has been a Trustee since November 2011. Originally from Birmingham, he initially worked for Gross Cash Registers, Brighton. He and his family purchased Sussex Stationers, a shop in Haywards Heath, in 1971. At its peak, the chain employed over 1,000 people across 50 stores throughout Sussex and the South East. The renamed British Bookshops and Stationers was sold in 2005.

Here is why Michael has chosen to Pay for a Day:

‘The date is particularly poignant to me as on 20 January 1945 my younger sister, Valerie-Ann died at the age of 2 ½ of leukaemia. We were not so fortunate to have a children’s hospice to support both Valerie-Ann and the rest of our family. It is one of those things that you never forget. It is my hope that families with life-limited children in Sussex will be able to use the services of Chestnut Tree at a very challenging time of their lives.

I wanted to support Pay For a Day as it benefits so many families in such a worthwhile way. As a strong believer in philanthropy, I am delighted to be able to support Chestnut Tree House.’

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to Michael Chowen for his generosity and continued support, which makes a real difference to the life-limited children and families we support.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 11 January have been paid for by Magicman Ltd.  This is why they have chosen to pay for a day:

Magicman Ltd may be a nationwide company but its heart (and Head Office) is in Sussex. It is incredibly important that the only children’s hospice in Sussex receives local support and I feel privileged to Pay for a Day at Chestnut Tree House. This year Magicman are delighted to announced they will be supporting ten days at the hospice, making a huge difference to the children and families at Chestnut Tree House.

Mark Henderson, CEO of Magicman

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House is truly grateful to Mark Henderson and all at Magicman for their generous support throughout 2017.

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The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 10 January have been paid for by Nick and Jan Best.

They said “It is Jan’s birthday on the 10th January and we cannot think of a better way of celebrating than paying for a day”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to Nick and Jan for their generosity and continued support.

We have to raise £6,850 every day to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House, provided at the house and in the children’s own homes.

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