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Pay for a Day: Essie’s Day

Sunday 19 April 2020

Sunday 19 April is Essie’s Day. A day of Chestnut Tree House’s care has been paid for in memory of Essie Victoria Cobbett who flew away to be a shooting star on 13 August 2017, forever aged 18 months.

Here is a message from Essie’s mummy and daddy, Lorna and Steve:

“Team Essie raised over £15,000 by 100 runners taking part in the Littlehampton 10k & 5k last September, and it is thanks to all these people that were part of Team Essie 2019 that we have been able to pay for all of Chestnut Tree House’s care services today, on Essie’s Day.

Essie 1

Essie’s Day is 19 April as this is the day she finally came home from hospital aged 11 weeks and got to spend time with her triplet brother and sister. Essie might have only lived for 18 months, but she fought so hard during her little life and never gave up. Love is truly what made our little tortoise keep on fighting and endure the five end of life episodes she went through.

Chestnut Tree House supported us and helped us navigate our short journey with Essie. The charity relies on donations and fundraising to cover over 90% of their costs, so that they can keep helping the 300 families like ours that they support through the emotional minefield that is having a life-limited child. They need to raise a staggering £6,850 each and every day to provide all their specialist care services, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes across Sussex.

We will never be able to repay Chestnut Tree House for everything that they did for us and our family – and especially our darling Essie. Thank you just isn’t enough, but it’s a start.

Thank you

Lorna and Steve (Essie’s Mummy and Daddy – as well as Team Essie ambassadors!)”

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say thank you to Lorna and Steve Cobbett along with all the members of Team Essie who have helped pay to support local children and families.