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From pantomimes to Reindeer Fun, there was all sorts of festive fun happening across West Sussex during December. Christmas can be a difficult time for local children and their families who know they don’t have long together, and, the local community went the extra mile to make a difference and spread the Christmas cheer while raising vital funds.
Chelsie Padley, founder of Fit Peach, is no stranger to taking on a challenge having walked for 24 hours in 2018 in the freezing cold. On the 22 December 2019, Chelsie took on her biggest fundraising challenge yet – dancing for 24 hours straight.
During the challenge, the founder of Fit Peach, a fitness company passionate about music and helping people feel empowered, put on multiple free dance classes, to encourage people to help in raising funds for local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House. The danceathon has so far raised an incredible £660 for local children and their families.
“The danceathon sounded like a really fun event and I love seeing our supporters thinking outside the box like this when organising fundraisers for us! On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House, I’d like to thank Chelsie and everyone who took part”, says Tracey Shaw at Chestnut Tree House.
In-between a busy day of pantomime performances at Worthing Theatre, Cinderella and Prince Charming paid a very special visit to local children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House in December.
Naomi Wilkinson of Milkshake and CBBC fame, who plays the title role in the show, and Mark Read from boyband A1, took time out of their busy schedules to meet the staff, parents and children from the charity. The cast took a tour of the facilities, sung Christmas songs with a ukulele, and helped the children to decorate Cinderella slippers – with lots of glitter and paint!
December saw many schools and community groups across Sussex and South East Hampshire grab their antlers and take part in some festive fun, raising over £35,000 for local children and their families.
Lots of exciting Reindeer Fun took place, with all sorts of activities – from Reindeer themed Yoga classes to runs, cycles, rambles and much more!
“We look forward to seeing the creativity of the local community for Reindeer Fun every year. Thank you to everyone who took part in Reindeer Fun, you make a real difference”, says Jayne Todd at Chestnut Tree House.