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Pay for a Day: Mark Hutchinson

Sunday 2 September 2018

All care services at Chestnut Tree House on Sunday 2 September have been paid for by Mark Hutchinson.

This is why he has chosen to Pay for a Day:

“Chestnut Tree House has a really special place in our hearts. It means the world to our family.  The 2nd September is our daughter Rowena’s birthday.

In December 2007, eleven years ago, Rowena who was 9 was diagnosed with a rare form of Cancer, a rhabdomysarcoma, and our lives changed.  In 2007 on Christmas Eve we were in Great Ormond Street being discharged at 6pm to go home with Rowena having had a biopsy, a Hickman line fitted, and her first cycle of chemotherapy – from then to the June it was a cycle of despair and agony.  However, in the June we were introduced to Chestnut Tree House and a community nurse called Helen came out to give us respite care, Rowena had just finished radio therapy and was starting on her final cycles of chemotherapy which made her really sick, she was on 28 different doses of medicine and could not be left without specialist care.  Helen was an angel to us and Rowena adored her.  She was the only person who we could happily leave Rowena with in order to spend a few hours with our other children.  

Pay For a Day logoThank you to Chestnut Tree House – it was the saving grace to us at this bleak time in our lives.  Rowena is in full remission and is thriving.  So, after excellent A level results, she is going to Edinburgh University this month to study Fine Art so continuing her journey to be an artist.  We shall never forget what Chestnut Tree House did for us and continues to do for many other families.  As a result we are very happy to “Pay for a Day”.

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to Mark for his support.