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Pay for a Day

Give 24hours of support and love to those needing hospice care

Why Pay for a Day?

Every day at Chestnut Tree House is a special day where something wonderful happens.

The day you pay for could be the day a child comes to stay with us for the very first time. It might be the day a child paints a picture for their parents for the first time. Or, of course, it may be a family’s last day together, supported by our nursing team. Whichever day you choose will be a unique day that will create memories for the children and families who are with us.

How do I Pay for a Day?

Over £4 million is needed every year for us to provide hospice care for local children, young people and their families. Only a small proportion of this comes from central government. The rest – around £10,000 per day – comes from donations, fundraising, gifts in wills, our charity shops and the Chestnut Tree House lottery.

Your donation of £10,000 can support local children’s hospice care for a whole 24 hours.

 

Get in touch

You can Pay for a Day as a personal gift or corporate donation, or if you've been sponsored and fundraised enough by yourself. If you would like to know more about how you can Pay for a Day, please email us, and we'd be delighted to talk further.

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Can I choose my day?

Yes! Simply choose a date that is special or significant to you or your group. Others choose birthdays, anniversaries and days when friends, family or colleagues are gathered together.

How is my day recognised?

We’ll celebrate your day with you and recognise your support in a number of ways:

  • Your support will be shown in the hospice’s reception area on your chosen day
  • Your support will be shared on our website and remembered permanently in the Roll of Honour, which is kept at the House.
  • We will send you a formal certificate to keep
  • We would invite you to come to the House to see how your support is helping us to care for local life-limited children.
Our recent pay for a day heroes
Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a heartfelt thank you for their support. Without the generosity of our community, local hospice care wouldn’t be possible – now or in the future. Thank you.

We’d like to say a big thank you to South Lodge Hotel and Spa for their generosity and continued support, which makes a real difference to local children and families.

“As a B Corp business, it is a key ethos of ours to work with and support the local community and charities. We are extremely proud to have been supporting Chestnut Tree House as our corporate charity since 2009 and have raised over £100,000 to date through events, auction prizes and providing function space for Chestnut Tree House to host events.

Last July we donated all ticket sales profits to the charity along with other initiatives including raffles and prizes from our Big Band Concert. With over £14,000 raised from this one event, we are delighted to pay for a day on the 4th of July on the anniversary of these funds being raised.” – David Connell, General Manager.

Headshot of Sam smiling towards the camera

The cost of all our care services on Sunday 3 July 2022 have been paid for in memory of Sam Brown by the amazing fundraising efforts of the Rotary Club of Chichester Harbour.

Sam was a much-loved member of the Chestnut care team, and the hospice was an important place to him. The Rotary Club held a golf day in Sam’s memory last year, raising enough to mark his 35th birthday with a gift to Chestnut Tree House – to Pay for a Day.

A special person who loved working with the children and young people, Sam is still very much missed by Chestnut families and his colleagues.

Lola smiling with colourful face adornments

The cost of all our care services today have been paid for in memory of Lola Geere, who died on 22 August 2021. Today would have been her 16th birthday. Lola’s dad, Simon, explains what Chestnut Tree House means to their family:

“My employer would like to pay for a day of care at Chestnut Tree House in memory of our daughter Lola Geere, who died on 22 August 2021 from cancer. Chestnut Tree House nurses supported Lola during her palliative care at home, and Chestnut then provided advice, information, support and accommodation to our family immediately after Lola’s death. We are incredibly grateful for the respite available to us during this very difficult period, and we are thankful to have had access to such an important facility during such challenging times.

When Lola died, we were in a state of shock, and the kind, thoughtful and caring way in which we were looked after will always stay with us. We were given the chance to say goodbye to Lola in our own time, and to create some important memories and keepsakes that will stay with us forever.

In the weeks and months following Lola’s death, we have been able to receive therapy and counselling for our grief, also from the hospice.

Today, 20 June 2022 is Lola’s 16th birthday. We miss her so much, and hope that others who need help and guidance can continue to benefit from the amazing facilities, staff and support that Chestnut Tree House offers.”

– Simon Geere, Lola’s dad.

The cost of all our care services on Friday 13 May 2022 have been paid for by two of our Patrons, Paul and Annette Jones.

The day coincides with their 19th Celebrity Golf Day in aid of Chestnut Tree House. Whilst the teams are playing golf, they will know that the money they raised at the event in 2021 is paying towards the care services at the hospice.

Paul and Annette have supported us for many years – organising celebrity golf days and charity football matches, and attending and taking part in various events, from gala dinners to 10k runs.

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a big thank you to Paul and Annette for their generosity and continued support, which makes a real difference to local children and families.

The cost of all our care services on 26 and 27 March have been paid for by Technetix

Paul Broadhurst, CEO at Technetix said: “By taking part in Chestnut Tree House’s Pay for a Day Scheme, Technetix recognises the amazing work they do and support the difference Chestnut Tree House makes in the local community.  The dedicated team provide a caring and supportive environment, so families are able to spend precious quality time together.”

We’d all like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Technetix team for their support!

A day of Chestnut Tree House’s care has been paid for by Mark and Fiona as a tribute to their daughter, Rowena.

“Chestnut Tree House has a really special place in our hearts” explain Mark and Fiona. “It means the world to our family.”

14 years ago, Rowena who was nine was diagnosed with a rare form of Cancer – a rhabdomysarcoma – and our lives changed. On Christmas Eve 2007, we were in Great Ormond Street, being discharged at 6pm to go home with Rowena having had a biopsy, a Hickman line fitted, and her first cycle of chemotherapy. From then until the following June it was a cycle of despair and agony.  However, in June we were introduced to Chestnut Tree House, and a community nurse called Helen came out to give us respite care. Rowena had just finished radiotherapy and was starting on her final cycles of chemotherapy which made her really sick. She was on 28 different doses of medicine and could not be left without specialist care.  Helen was an angel to us and Rowena adored her.  She was the only person who we could happily leave Rowena with, in order to spend a few hours with our other children.

We’d like to say thank you to Chestnut Tree House. It was the saving grace to us at a bleak time in our lives. Rowena is now in full remission and is thriving. And, after excellent A level results, she is currently studying Fine Art at Edinburgh University, continuing her journey to be an artist. We shall never forget what Chestnut Tree House did for us and continues to do for many other families. Which is why we are very happy to pay for a day of Chestnut Tree House’s care services.

14th January is a special day for the family as it is Rowena’s grandmother’s birthday, who lives locally in Angermering.  Janet Hutchinson, with Rowena’s grandfather, Michael, were part of the Chestnut Tree House experience with Rowena.  Chestnut Tree House is for the whole family”

We’d all like to say a heartfelt thank you to Mark and Fiona Hutchinson for supporting local children and families. Without the generosity of our community, local hospice care wouldn’t be possible – now or in the future. Thank you.

The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 10 January have been paid for by Nick and Jan Best. They said “It is Jan’s birthday on the 10th January and we cannot think of a better way of celebrating than paying for a day”

We’d all like to say a most grateful thank you to Nick and Jan for their generosity and continued support.

 

In 2016 Karen and Alistair of the Thatched House in Sea Avenue, Rustington began decorating their house with a multitude of glittering lights, illuminated reindeer and a Santa sleigh. A very popular attraction, they even ended up on television. In 2020 over £9,000 was raised and they chose to pay for Christmas Eve this year!

Everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Karen and Alistair for supporting local children and families. Without the generosity of our community, local hospice care wouldn’t be possible – now or in the future. Thank you.

The cost of all our care services on 30 November have been paid for by The Oliver’s Wish Foundation.

The Oliver’s Wish Foundation was founded in memory of Oliver Dowling, who tragically passed away in his sleep in the autumn of 2015. Oliver made a huge impact on all those that he met. A born entertainer, he was full of life and touched everyone with his kind and gentle nature. Oliver gave so many happy memories to his family and friends during his short life and he will be remembered with love always.

The 30 November is Oliver’s 8th birthday and he will be happy to know that his foundation is supporting the amazing work of Chestnut Tree House on his special day.

We’d like to say the most grateful thank you to The Oliver’s Wish Foundation for all their support.

The cost of all our care services on 29 November 2021 has been paid for by New Square Property from the money they raised at their Charity Golf Day held on 27th August 2021 at Goodwood after being postponed due to the pandemic. Here’s why they’ve chosen to pay for a day:

“We have chosen today as our Pay for a Day date as it is my dad’s birthday, who is no longer with us. My dad was a huge supporter of Chestnut Tree House, and over the years organised many events, including cycling from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, and an annual event cycling along the South Downs to raise money for this incredible charity. We are therefore delighted to continue this legacy, and will do so for many more years to come!”

A huge thank you to New Square Property for their support!

Thank you to Natures Way Foods have paid for the 19 November 2021. Here is why they have chosen to pay for a day:

“We have been supporting Chestnut Tree House since 2018, taking part in their fantastic events which bring people together in a fun and meaningful way. Having Chestnut Tree House as our charity partner has been great for our business and helps raise money for the fantastic work that they do.”

 

St Philip Howard School are generously paying for all of today’s care at Chestnut Tree House and have nominated 19 October 2021 as their ‘Pay For a Day’ to coincide with St Philip Howard Feast Day.

Following a year of various fundraising activities in 2020/21 they raised an incredible £10,445 to enable them to do this.

On 13 October (his 75th birthday) Roger Kelly, is delighted to support the excellent work of Chestnut Tree House by making a generous donation to pay for a day of all Chestnut Tree House’s care services.

 

The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on: 3 November 2021, 13 September 2021, and 23 June 2021 have been paid for by Patrick Moorhead.

Here is why he has chosen to pay for a day:

“I have been supporting Chestnut Tree House since 2006 and am delighted that I can support the Pay for a Day initiative. I am delighted to continue my support for such a worthwhile charity that makes such a huge difference to the lives of the children and families that attend Chestnut Tree House.”

Roffey Homes made a generous donation to pay for a day of all Chestnut Tree House’s care services, and they selected 9 September as their chosen day.

The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on Sunday 29 August 2021 have been paid for by Airwave Europe and partners.

James Grant, Group Head of Marketing said

Having visited Chestnut Tree House on several occasions, we’re always humbled by the positivity, smiling faces and fun. So, we’re honoured to do our bit to help this inspirational place, and are already looking forward to next year’s charity event. We always seem to suffer adverse weather conditions, but try to take the lead of the children at Chestnut Tree House, and smile through the heatwave / torrential rain etc”.

The costs of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 27 July 2021 and 8 July 2021 have been paid for by Mike Holland.

This is why he has chosen to Pay for a Day:

Mike said: “Many years ago, I lost my son Brian aged 13 to cancer and sadly did not have the help of a hospice. If I had, then many of the challenges my family faced afterwards, could have been alleviated. There was so little support or understanding about the need to grieve and also how vital counselling is for the whole family.”

“I want to make sure that families in Sussex have all the support they possibly can get when faced with the devastating news that a son, daughter, brother or sister is not going to reach adulthood. Chestnut Tree House provides happiness and comfort from the family’s first visit to the very last day of the child’s life. The child’s remaining days are filled with love and joy, giving their parents the memories that will last for the rest of their lives.”