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Hastings group learn about hospice care

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Last week a group from Hastings invited Chestnut Tree children’s hospice to speak to them about the care the charity gives to local children.

34. Hastings talk (1)Abigail Harley from the charity spoke to the Hob Nob group about Chestnut Tree’s 8-strong community nursing team who help to care for children across East Sussex who have life-shortening conditions. Children receive visits at home, allowing parents and carers to take a well-earned break from the demands of caring for a sick child, or can spend time with their other children, partner or other family members.

They also heard all about the purpose-built hospice building near Worthing which children and families can visit and make use of the extensive facilities on offer. The hospice has a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room and woodland walk along with specialist bedrooms and bathrooms to meet every child’s needs and family bedrooms where parents and carers can relax, safe in the knowledge their child is being cared for by trained nurses and care support workers.

34. Hastings talk (2)The Hob Nob group was founded 18 years ago by 4 friends and still regularly attracts 40+ people to its monthly gatherings, which include outings, talks and socials. Founding member Jean commented: “our members thought Abi’s presentation was very interesting and it was good to watch some videos of the house and the care services. Chestnut Tree does a marvellous job and is a very a worthy cause that I will be spreading the word about in Hastings.”

Chestnut Tree care for around 300 children with life-shortening conditions, including 60 in East Sussex, offering respite, crisis and end-of-life care and support for the whole family. “We know that there are more children in the area who need our help so it is really important that we spread the word about the care that we offer. It was fantastic to meet the ladies of the Hob Nob group and I hope they enjoyed hearing about the children’s hospice place in the local community.”

If you have a group, school or club who would like to hear more about Chestnut Tree House you can contact the team on 01323 725095, or you can find out more here