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On Thursday 22 February, we hosted our first networking breakfast of the year at the British Airways i360 in Brighton, encouraging local businesses to get together to network and learn more about the work we do.
Over 130 people attended the event, with representatives from a wide range of businesses, including Amex Stadium-Sodexo Prestige, Barclays, Gatwick Diamond Business, Gemini Print, Hotel du Vin, One Digital, and guest speaker, Brighton Gin founder, Kathy Caton.
Chestnut Tree House Patron, Ambrose Harcourt also attended, as well as some of the charity’s 15th birthday Patrons – CEO of Creative Pod, Matt Turner; and East Sussex Ambassadors, Barry and Jacquie Hinves.
Derwyn Jones, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Chestnut Tree House introduced Steve Bax, Executive Director of the i360, and David Pegler, Chestnut Tree House Trustee. Steve welcomed guests to the i360 and David spoke about his role as a Trustee and some of the charity’s events. Derwyn also gave a moving account of the care provided by Chestnut Tree House, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes, and explained how the charity relies heavily on community support so that they can continue to care for local children with life-shortening conditions.
Derwyn Jones said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to our first networking event of 2018. Spreading the word about the specialist care services Chestnut Tree House offers to local children and families is so important to us, both in terms of increasing awareness and fundraising, and it was fantastic to see representatives from so many different businesses.
“We would like to thank Kathy Caton from Brighton Gin for coming along to speak to our guests, and also the i360 for welcoming us and serving such a wonderful breakfast.”
Kathy Caton gave an inspiring speech about how she came up with the idea for Brighton Gin, and the pride she takes in it being a local business, with everything still done by hand. She spoke about the importance of being connected with the local community, and how Brighton, and Sussex as a whole, boasts a collaborative business world, which helps individuals turn ideas into reality.
Steve Bax announced the winner of the business card draw – Vivienne Smith of The Athena Network, who won an i360 flight for two with a glass of Nyetimber sparkling wine. After the networking breakfast, some of the guests took to the skies on an i360 flight to take in the 360-degree views across Brighton.