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Gala celebration raises over £9,000 for local children’s hospice

Thursday 3 October 2019

On Friday 27 September Chestnut Tree House held its Gala Celebration at Cooden Beach Hotel and raised an incredible £9,000.

Lester Magoogan Art

Local artist Lester Magoogan

The event, second of its kind held by the children’s hospice in East Sussex, was hosted by one of the South’s leading and most sought after comedians, Adger Brown, who provided witty interludes throughout the evening. Guests enjoyed music from The Motown Soul Trio and a three-course meal in the beach-front hotel, as well as a host of fundraising activities and entertainment, celebrating families in the local community.

Among the guests was the charity’s Vice President, Ambrose Harcourt, who hosted the East Sussex Gala last year; and local artist, Lester Magoogan, who donated a one-off piece of artwork for the auction. Patrons, Barry and Jacquie Hinves attended, along with representatives from a range of local businesses, including Barclays Banks and Knockhatch Adventure Park.

The Father of a child who uses Chestnut Tree House also joined the guests and passionately shared his story – telling the room about the care his family receives.

“We have two children and my youngest, 16, has a small brain abnormality which she has had since birth. This means that her brain never formed properly, and it has caused severe disability and complex medical needs” he says.

“She is unable to sit, walk or talk, she is blind, and she suffers from epilepsy which means she has many different seizures throughout the day. We don’t have a diagnosis for my daughter, and we will probably never know why she has a brain abnormality.”

“Due to our daughter being life-limited, Chestnut Tree House have been in our lives for a very large part of her life. Her support worker in the community, Jackie, will come into our home and help support our whole family.”

“When Jackie visits, she will feed my daughter, giving my wife and I time to eat our dinner together. Since Jackie has been our support worker, we go to many different community events as a family that are tailored for children like my daughter. Chestnut Tree House consider each child’s individual needs and we don’t have to worry about anything.”

“I would like to say thank you to all of you for supporting Chestnut Tree House. You are supporting the great care and respite my family receive and they are a vital service for us.”

A raffle, silent auction and live auction all contributed to the final fundraising total, which is more than enough to cover the costs of an entire day of Chestnut Tree House’s care.

Libby Hannelle at Chestnut Tree House says, “We would like to thank everyone who attended the gala for their generous support.

The Cooden Beach Hotel

The Cooden Beach Hotel

The guests raised over £9,000 – such a wonderful achievement for the second event of its kind in East Sussex.”

“The success of the gala was entirely down to the generosity of our supporters. I am hoping we can do the same next year so please put the 26 September 2020 in your diaries!”

“We would also like to say thank you to Cooden Beach Hotel, especially James and Lesley Kimber who generously sponsored the event; and to Jenny and her team for treating our guests so well. Also, a huge thank you to every single person and business who donated prizes for the auction”.