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Knockhatch Adventure Park near Hailsham has rounded off a year of support for Chestnut Tree children’s hospice by handing over a cheque for £3058.88, and has committed to continuing to support the local charity.
Throughout the year Knockhatch has raised money through collections and donations from ticket sales on special charity days. They have also recently installed a Wishing Well in aid of Chestnut Tree near their newly renovated outdoor play area, and the introduction of a Changing Places toilet facility has made the park accessible to people with a wide range of additional needs.
In addition to fundraising, the team at Knockhatch have invited the hospice’s Community Team to visit during their regular care sessions with local children, completely free of charge. “Being able to use the facilities at Knockhatch has been wonderful” commented Susan Freeman, who is a Community Care Support Worker for Chestnut Tree. “It’s such a great experience for the children, and a safe space for us to enjoy together.” Seven year old Oliver Greenhill, who has visited with Susan on several occasions, added “I really like seeing all of the animals. I like that you can touch some of the animals, and you get to see ones that you might not see normally.”
The team at Knockhatch have confirmed that they will continue to support Chestnut Tree, something that Managing Director Colin Jaggers says he is looking forward to. “We chose to support Chestnut Tree children’s hospice as my late mother was a passionate supporter,” he says. “We wanted to give back to the families and children in our local community that need our support, and have really enjoyed working with Chestnut Tree over the past year. We have a number of new ideas to help us raise more money and awareness for the charity and are looking forward to supporting them over the coming year.”
Chestnut Tree cares for children in Sussex and South East Hampshire with life-shortening conditions, at their hospice near Arundel and in families’ own homes across the region. It costs well over £3.5 million every year to provide these services, and less than 7% of their funding comes from central government.
Abigail Harley, Community Fundraiser for the charity, commented: “We would like to say a huge thank you to the whole team at Knockhatch. The amount they have raised is more than enough to pay for one day of all Chestnut Tree’s community services, so will make a real difference to local children and families. The friendly welcome our care team always receive makes Knockhatch’s support even more special, and I know the children are looking forward to plenty more visits.”