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Spinnaker tower turns gold for Chestnut Tree House

Monday 18 December 2017

On Friday 15 December, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth turned gold to celebrate and thank those companies, individuals and groups who chose to take part in Chestnut Tree House’s Get Festive campaign.

Children who are cared for by the hospice were invited to switch on the gold lights, watching the Tower light up through the glass floor.

All across Sussex and South East Hampshire individuals, groups and companies have been having festive fun whilst raising funds for Chestnut Tree House.

Teams at Covers Timber and Builders Merchants branches in Chichester, Bognor, Portsmouth and Brighton wore Christmas jumpers to fundraise. “We’ve supported Chestnut Tree House in the past and were keen to do more for this important local charity,” said Ben Gale from Covers. “Get Festive seemed like such a simple, and fun, way for us to raise money and have get in the festive spirit at the same time.”

Spirit FM, who broadcast across West Sussex, also got behind the campaign, asking staff to donate a pound to wear a Christmas jumper and promoting the campaign through their Local Link. “We love to support Chestnut Tree House,” says Sally Austin, Managing Director at Spirit FM, who has visited the hospice on several occasions and describes it as a ‘happy, lively, bubbly place’ thanks to the dedication of the staff that work there. “When we heard about Get Festive we thought it sounded like a fun day and a chance to raise money for our local children’s hospice that we really should get behind.”

“The response we have had to our Get Festive campaign this year has been fantastic,” commented Alison Taylor, Corporate Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House. “49 groups and companies have taken part; we’ve had Christmas jumper competitions, bake sales, Christmas bow making and even a window cleaner dressed as Santa for the day. We are waiting for the final fundraising total, but I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who has taken part. Every pound raised will make a huge difference to local children and their families.”