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Businesses in Steyning and the surrounding areas have put together a host of special offers, charity dishes and events for the 2019 Steyning & District Food & Drink Festival, to support this year’s festival charity, Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.
Showcasing and celebrating local products, producers and businesses, the Festival runs from Saturday 7 September until Saturday 5 October. Kicking off with a Farmers’ Market on Saturday 7 September, featuring live music and cooking demonstrations, the events diary includes a range of events and activities, from tea parties and foodie walks to a winery tour.
“As a local shining light with regard to looking after children and young adults with life-threatening conditions, it was an easy decision to make”, Reina Alston, Chair of the Steyning & District Food & Drink Festival, says, “Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice is outstanding in its care, not only for those facing challenges, but for their families too”.
Throughout the Festival, many restaurants will have a special dish on the menu that will give the charity a special donation each time it is ordered.
Visitors can also enjoy special events that are dedicated to Chestnut Tree House. The charity events start off with a bang with a Coffee and Cake morning at Springwells Hotel and a Hamper Raffle at the Farmers Market.
Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House, says: “We are so excited and grateful that the Steyning & District Food & Drink Festival has chosen us as their Festival Charity this year.
“Without support from local events like this, and people who go above and beyond to fundraise for us, we wouldn’t be able to continue offering vital care to local life-limited children and their families.
“We need to raise £6,850 every day to pay for all our specialist care services, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes across Sussex. So, on behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House I would like to say a huge thank you for your continued support!”
For more details about the events at The Steyning Food & Drink Festival, please visit www.steyningdistrictfooddrinkfestival.co.uk.
Chestnut Tree House provides care and support to around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across Sussex and South East Hampshire, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes. The cost of providing this service is over £4 million per year, yet the hospice receives less than 6% central government funding so relies on the generosity and support of the community to continue providing vital care to local children and families.