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Watson Associates, an accountancy firm with offices in Hailsham and Brighton, has handed a cheque for £4,183 to Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex and South East Hampshire.
The firm named Chestnut Tree House as their charity for 2018 and spent the year taking on various fundraising challenges. They have sold sweets in their reception all year, played golf, held lunchtime cake sales, entered a team into the 170-mile Ragnar Relay, taken part in Beat the Street and held a Christmas jumper day as part of Get Festive with The SnowmanTM.
This is the first time that Watsons Associates have chosen a charity of the year, and it’s been a positive experience says Director Suzie Vine: “It felt like a good thing to do; to give back to the local community that we have operated in for so long. With 9 Directors and 60 employees across our offices in Hailsham and Brighton there is generally always someone doing something for charity, so this felt like the perfect way to bring all that good work together and unite the team at the same time. As a company that employs a lot of people who have children, Chestnut Tree House is a cause that resonates strongly with us.”
“We were honoured to be in a position to be able to support Chestnut Tree House in 2018. The whole experience had the knock on effect of bringing the Watsons already strongly bonded team, even closer together. Raising funds for such a wonderful charity was fun and exhilarating. The work that Chestnut Tree House do inspired those involved to push that bit harder to raise the amazing amount we achieved.”
Chestnut Tree House cares for around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families, including over 60 in East Sussex. They provide respite, emergency and end of life care at their purpose built hospice near Arundel, and in children’s own homes across the county.
On receiving the cheque, Mikayla Bernstein from Chestnut Tree House commented: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Watsons and everyone who has supported them in their fundraising. The amount raised is enough to cover the costs of over 35 hours of all community services provided by Chestnut Tree House, so it will make a real difference to local families.”
To find out more about adopting Chestnut Tree House as your charity of the year visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/corporate-support