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Crawley Town FC sponsors networking event

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Over 40 people attended the latest networking breakfast hosted by Chestnut Tree House, which took place at the Checkatrade Stadium in Crawley on Friday 14 July.

Sponsored by Crawley Town Football Club, the morning encouraged local businesses to get together to network and learn more about the work of the charity.

Guests included representatives from the Football Club, Gatwick Airport, Bloc Hotels, and guest speaker, Kevin Byrne, Founder and CEO of NetworkingBfast_Crawley_Kevin Byrne speakingCheckatrade.

Crawley Town head coach and ex-Leeds United and Liverpool player Harry Kewell also attended.

Lucy Rippingale, a nurse at Chestnut Tree House outlined the vital work carried out by the community care team, helping life-limited children and families in their own homes. Using the analogy of a car – with the fundraising team providing the fuel – Lucy described what her job entails, the importance of teamwork and how important all the different roles at the charity are, from nursing to fundraising.

Kevin Byrne, Founder and CEO of Checkatrade, gave an inspirational speech about the value of charitable work. He spoke about the motivation it can give you, both on a personal and business level, and that charities like Chestnut Tree House are in need of support so that they can continue to care for local children with life-shortening conditions and their families.

NetworkingBfast_Crawley_Hugh Lowson1Terrina Barnes, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Chestnut Tree House said: “We started hosting networking breakfasts as a way to get people together and spread the word about the specialist care services that we provide to local children and families.

“It’s always great to see local businesses showing their support, and it was encouraging to see familiar and new faces at this event. We would like to thank Crawley Town Football Club for sponsoring the breakfast and Kevin Byrne for his inspiring words.”

Kevin Byrne announced the winner of the business card draw – Alan Trace of Extech, who won a signed Crawley Town Football Club shirt. Alan then decided to auction the shirt for charity, which raised £250 for Chestnut Tree House thanks to a generous bid from Mike Potts of S4B.

The next networking breakfast is taking place at West Dean College, Chichester on Friday 22 September. For more information or to book, click here.