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Thank you for your support during January 2021

Monday 8 February 2021

A huge and heartfelt thank you to all of you who have supported Chestnut Tree House in any way during January 2021.

From wonderful people, young and young at heart, to clubs, groups, organisations and businesses, here are just some of you who have helped to provide vital children’s hospice care through your recent support. We wish we could mention every single one of you! We are so grateful to everyone who has supported the hospice through these challenging times.

J and D Landscaping recycling Christmas treesTaking a week away from their own business interests, James and Dan Small from J & D Landscaping (pictured right), with support from Chestnut Tree House Patron Annette Jones, took on Christmas tree recycling in the Bognor Regis area and raised a wonderful £703.  Thank you so much, our thanks go to all the wonderful supporters who took part in the scheme and donated.

A huge thank you to the incredible Marti Jeffs who has run a raffle for us during lockdown and raised an incredible £3,000.  What an amazing achievement, thank you so much Marti!

St Phillip Howard High School in Barnham have been fundraising throughout 2020 and raised over £10,000.  Wow!  Thank you so much to all the students, staff and parents who have contributed to this incredible achievement through quizzing, challenges and, of course, Reindeer Fun!

Thank you to Henry Francois from Chichester who sold some rare coins to donate a whopping £1,660 to Chestnut Tree House.  Thank you, Henry, for this wonderful gesture.

Thank you to Richard Gurr for raising £145 by collecting 20p pieces and stashing them in a bottle, until it was filled and couldn’t take any more.  With Gift Aid, this additional £29 makes a total of £174!

Thank you to Michelle Haw for setting up a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser celebrating her birthday on 26 January with a target of £150.  Not only does Michelle help out with community fundraising events around Eastbourne but she is forever spreading the word and promoting the good work of the charity.

Thank you to Sam Brickman and Matt Hunt, two Eastbourne based photographers who have kindly offered prizes for the forthcoming Friends of Sussex Hospices quiz in March.  Hopefully lockdown will be eased so the winners can get out to a favourite location for their shoots!

Thank you to the amazing Tony Sampson, and Ian and Ben Lewis who put on an amazing Christmas light display on their homes in Eastergate.  It was a breath-taking display so thank you from us all.

Volunteers Gill Chapple and Lynda Gurr

Thank you to Lynda Gurr (pictured left with Gill Chapple pre-2020), one of our volunteers in the Bexhill on Sea area, for ensuring our collection tins are regularly swapped over and picking up £391 during 2020.  Our thanks also go to all the shops, cafes and bars that happily have one of our tins and encourage their customers to donate.

Thank you to Gill Chapple (pictured left pre-2020), another of our tin collectors, who brought in £752 during 2020 from local businesses in the Eastbourne area.  Gill also organises games nights with friends, selling books and undertaking other fundraising, bringing in another £300 in 2020.

Thank you to the Lewes Youth Band who performed a lovely rendition of Let it Snow in aid of Chestnut Tree House.

Thank you to Jo Snowden from Seaford who raised £150 with her run up to Christmas challenge!

Thank you to The Manchester United Foundation for donating a further £500!

Thanks to Don Semmons and the Brighton Spread Eagles Barclays Pensioners’ Club who raised £1,250 from their Christmas Lunch which was match-funded by Barclays Bank to make an incredible £2,500.

Our thanks to Fran and all the staff and customers at Bramptons Butchers in Kemptown, Brighton. They provide customers with bones for their dogs in return for donations to the hospice, and in January handed over a fantastic £550!

Bard Ltd in Crawley have fundraised £350.

Gravetye Manor hosted a special Christmas lunch and raised £740.

RSA in Horsham donated £150.

Technetix Group have been fundraising and have raised £250.

Thank you to the team at Sherwood Solicitors who donated £120. It is really so kind of you.

Thank you to the team at Stewards Transport who donated £2,000. It is very generous of you and we are so grateful for your support.

Thank you to the team at TK Maxx and Home Sense for nominating Chestnut Tree House to receive £500. Thank you so much for thinking of us!

Thatched House lightsThank you everyone who created some amazing magical Christmas light displays, which impressively raised a total of £12,465. Karen and Alistair of the Thatched House, Rustington (pictured right) raised £9,000, an increase of £5,000 on last year. Inspired by the Thatched House, Alistair and Sally of Ilex House, Rustington raised £1,600. Mr and Mrs Barnett of Worthing raised £400, double the amount they usually raise. Melvin and his family of Littlehampton raised £615. And Jane and Allan Marchant of Hailsham raised over £850. It was wonderful to see all your festive displays!

Thank you so much to the team at Boost Awards for holding a festive run throughout December and raising £778. The managing director, Chris Robinson, even managed to run the route on his Strava map, which drew the face and hat of Santa, which totalled a huge 15km! Thank you so much to all the staff involved with the adventures!

Thank you to Phillip Miller, who is a driver for Brighton and Hove Buses. He dressed as Santa whilst working, raising an amazing £300! Thank you so much.

To all the staff at Mortimer Clarke who continue with their incredible fundraising and raised an amazing £332 by holding a New Year’s raffle. Thank you so much!

A huge thank you to the team at Euro Self Hire. They kindly donated £250 which was really so generous. Thank you from everyone at Chestnut Tree House.

Thank you to the team at Herbert Scott who continue to raise money through selling face coverings. What a wonderful idea, keeping everyone safe and raising funds for Chestnut Tree house.

Thank you to everyone at Howdens who have generously donated £250.

Thank you to the team at Metro Bank who kindly organised a quiz for all the members of Let’s Do Business Group. What a great way to have some fun and help the hospice.

To everyone at Waterscan Ltd, thank you so much for donating a total of £656. We really appreciate your support.

A huge thank you to Willmott Dixon for donating £3,015. You have done so much for us and we really are so grateful. Thank you so much

Students and staff at Worthing Sports Academy for raised over £4,500 by doing a variety of physical and virtual sporting activities.

Beverley sold her home-made jams and chutneys at her local church before lockdown raising £120.

Thank you to Patricia of Ferring Conservation who, for the seventh year running, sold her hand painted scenes of Ferring Christmas cards raising £450.

Chapel Book and Gift Shop in Worthing donated a further £1,000 of profits from sales of coffees and books. We are so grateful!

Well done to 8 year old Sofia, who bravely had her head shaved on her ninth birthday and raised £239.

Long term supporter and volunteer Nanette made and sold decoupage bottles raising £150.

Christmas tree collectionsThank you to the 600 people across Brighton and Hove who signed up to have their Christmas tree collected, raising an incredible £9,500 for the hospice. An especially huge thank you to all the volunteers and companies who helped with the collection as without them it wouldn’t have been possible: Heritage Products, 1st Central and the 1st Central Sussex County Cricket Ground, Brighton & Hove Council, Fagro, Empire Construction, Kerry Mayo and Artemis Comms, F&G Transport, Old Village Home & Garden Services, Thyme to Garden, Lifting and Shifting, as well as Oliver Giambrone from Brighton University and Joseph Letang. Keep an eye out next year as we are planning to do it again and are looking at extending it to other areas in Sussex too.

Big thanks to Sian Fisher and Brighton MET College’s Princes Trust students for their amazing Christmas tree tags for Chestnut Tree House’s tree recycling project.  The team really took to their task and produced great designs which have been a big help.

Whether cutting out cakes, giving up gaming, or saying goodbye to your evening tipple, can you Give it Up for Chestnut Tree House this Lent? Get involved!