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Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice

Chestnut Tree House is a children’s charity providing hospice care services and community support for children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions in East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.


There are hundreds of children and young people in your local community who are unlikely to reach adulthood. And even more parents and family members who need care, help and support on their journey, as they do not know how long they will have together.

From special days out to the every day at home, you help children and their families make the most of every moment together.

Whether it’s being a pop-star in the music room, hunting for dinosaurs in the woodland walk or splashing about in the hydrotherapy pool, here are just some of the things that children get up to at Chestnut Tree House.

Your help enables families to spend time together. Through the good days, the bad days, and the last days. Your support makes all of this happen at Chestnut Tree House. You can read more about the difference your support makes by reading our family stories here.

Take a virtual tour

Watch the video below to be taken on a virtual tour through the grounds and facilities at Chestnut Tree House.

The hospice

Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family including psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.

It currently costs over £4.6 million each year to provide all the care services offered by Chestnut Tree House. Families are never charged for their care and less than 9p in every pound is funded by the government, so we rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.

At Chestnut Tree House our goal is to provide the best quality of life for children, young people and their families, and to offer a total package of practical, social and spiritual support throughout each child’s life, however short it may be.

Our care services

The services we provide include:

  • Assessment, advice and information for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions.
  • Specialist short breaks, emergency and end of life care, 24 hours a day.
  • Support for the entire family following diagnosis through the whole disease journey.
  • Community care services for children and families in their own homes throughout East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.
  • Bereavement support, befriending, counselling and spiritual care.
  • Support on transition from paediatric to adult palliative care.

To find out more about the care services we provide, visit the care section of our website.

Changes at Chestnut Tree House

Read about some of the changes being made at Chestnut Tree House to futureproof the hospice so that it’s suitable for current and future generations.

Local Offer

West Sussex County Council requires short break providers to display information about their services which you can read all about on the Local Offer website.

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Our people

Our people
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Our history

Our history
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Our reports

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Professional accreditations

Care Quality Commission

As an independent hospice we are regularly inspected by the Care Quality Commission.

View our latest CQC rating

Our Fundraising Standards

We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator. Read our fundraising standards.

Read our fundraising standards

NICE End of Life Care Guidelines

We follow the NICE guidelines on end of life care for infants, children and young people.

Read the NICE guidelines