Kerry and Sophia – what Chestnut Tree House means to us

At Chestnut Tree House, we help children and young people with life-shortening conditions (and their families) live for the Now. By providing safe spaces for enjoyment. Helping parents and carers find time for themselves, and ensuring siblings have people to talk to who understand. By being there for the whole family, and supporting families in their final moments together.

But, many people are not aware that we also care for families after the unexpected death of a child or young person, including use of our ‘Stars’ bereavement suite.

Local mum, Kerry, and her daughter, Sophia, wanted to make a short film to explain what Chestnut Tree House means to them. To explain how we helped them when Sophia’s sister, Ellie, sadly passed away after a road traffic accident in 2017. And why they believe it is vitally important that children’s hospices are here for everyone who needs them. For today. For tomorrow. For the Now.

*Warning* You may find this film upsetting, but it is something that Kerry and Sophia wanted us to share with you. If you are affected by this film and would like to talk to someone, please email and we will put you in touch with somebody.

Sophia has been doing some fundraising for Chestnut Tree House in memory of her sister, Ellie. If you would like to support her fundraising, please click here.