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Thank you

A huge, heartfelt 'Thank you' to everyone who raised money for us last month. We really couldn't do this without your generous support.

Last month was another amazing month of fundraising from some fantastic local groups and individuals:

  • Pulborough Cricket Club In April Pulborough Cricket Club and Pulborough Football Club played a T20 cricket match and chose to support the charity. They hit the fundraising boundary of £1,032. Thank you to the Chairman and Tracy Clark.
  • West Sussex County short Mat Bowls Assoc.  We were chosen as their charity for the current season! Bringing members together from across the whole of Sussex to play a short mat bowls charity fours competition. Our Steyning Friends Group member Shirley Green was proud to accept the £600 cheque.
  • Jive dance event,  Assembly Halls The atmosphere was buzzing, so many smiles, amazing music and fabulous outfits and dancers, the venue felt alive. This sold out event was an incredible hit raising a swinging £1,200.  Thank you to Teresa and Mark and all involved.
  • Weavers Hill Kings Coronation Street Party The residents of Weavers Hill in Angmering decked their houses, gate posts, fences and hedgerows with bunting. The tasty homemade cakes and refreshments were popular raising a right royal £251.
  • David and Carole Butcher 2 days Open Garden David and Carole opened their beautiful garden by the sea in East Preston for neighbours and guests during the East Preston Festival for two days. They provided delicious food and a bar complete with jugs of Pimms, bottles of beer, wine and soft drinks. The sun shone and hundreds of visitors enjoyed their generous hospitality. A perfect way to spend a couple of sunny days. All their hard work paid off with a phenomenal £921 raised.
  •  Melodians Choir Concert St Andrews United Reform Church hall was filled with local residents and visitors from afar for the very special Melodians biannual concert. A huge variety of popular songs from all eras were enjoyed by all followed by refreshments. After a talk by our Community Fundraiser a retiring collection managed to raise a splendid £380.
  • Lancing Youth FC Footie day Our friends at Lancing Youth FC held a family fun footie day with 160 players aged between 7 – 15 was hugely popular and well attended raising a goal scoring £646. Thanks to Liz and Tony and all involved.
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Silver Songs Singing Group, East Preston  Led by John Scott-Cree this friendly group meet on a regular basis to sing old time favourites. No official fee is charged, but guests put in donations and recently raised £384.
  • Artisan Market Raffle Long term supporter Kate Henwood organised an Artisan event in Worthing and ran a raffle for the charity raising a lovely £110.
  • Garden Cottage Nursery On a lovely summers day staff and children of Garden Cottage Nursery and Windlesham Pre prep school walked 5k over the downs raising a wonderful £150 .
  • It’s My Colour Expert Fashion Stylist and colour guru, Debbie Kirk of Itsmycolour holds workshops. She doesn’t charge for these informal get togethers but instead asks for donations for charity and last month donated £41.20
  • Over 60’s Club Beeding and Steyning This well-established close-knit group meet up regularly and also go on outings together. After a talk by one of our Community Fundraisers they generously donated £74
  • Thank you to Forest Row WI for choosing Chestnut Tree House as their charity of the year and raising £527!
  • Thank you to Giles Fairmann and his ‘African Adventure’ team for raising £750 for Chestnut Tree House with their drive across Africa!
  • Thank you to the Rotary Club of Cuckfield, Lindfield and Haywards Heath for raising £3,025 for Chestnut Tree House from their Darts Marathon.
  • Thank you to the Brighton Regency Circle the Catenian Association for choosing Chestnut Tree House as their charity of the year raising £437!
  • Thank you to Mrs Smith of Hastings for all your donations, including dolls and prams and pushchairs. These items help stock the shelves of our charity shops across Sussex, bringing much joy to families and individuals as well as helping to raise over £3-million a year for the hospice. If you have any additional items, large or small, cuddly or practical, please do let us know!  Or, even better, drop hem off at your local Chestnut Tree House shop. 
  • Thank you to everyone at MNC, the networking organisation.  These meetings across Sussex help connect Chestnut Tree House with many local supporters, including businesses and colleges, supporters new and old and offer many new opportunities to engage and fundraise. We look forward to the next MNC meeting!
  • Thank go to everyone involved with the Denton Community Challenge, which was held on Saturday, 10 June, in Newhaven, East Sussex.  The annual afternoon of activities is based on getting children active and involved in sports or physical challenges.  Chestnut Tree House was there with a massive set of quoits, so the boys and girls (and some of the mums and dads, too!) took up the challenge to score as many points as possible flinging hoops over the sticks. Much fun was had by all.
  • Our sincere thanks and appreciation go to Chris, Mark and Joe who are on a mission to complete, in their own words, the “hair-brained idea” of lifting a million-kilos in a day – in fact it’s going to be 23 September 2023 at the GL Fitness gym in Hailsham. One million kilos is the equivalent of 100 double-decker buses, 5 blue whales or 2 of the largest passenger aircraft in the world! Please support this dedication and commitment by donating.
  • Our thanks go to the wonderful Saxonwood WI in Battle, East Sussex.  They kindly invited Martin Styring, the Fundraiser for East Sussex, to do a presentation to the group and they really appreciated hearing about how the care provided by the hospice has changed over the past 20 years.  Thank for your support and the donations adding up to £109.52. Book in a talk at your community group today by filing in this online form.
  • We were very lucky to have not one but two performances by Concentus, the choir, during June; the first at Seaford’s Baptist Church on Saturday, 10 June and the following Saturday, within the grandeur of St. Saviour’s church, South Street, Eastbourne.   The guest lists included local councillors as well as MP for Eastbourne area, Caroline Ansell.  The concerts, and some fundraising beforehand, raised a marvellous £919.38 which makes a huge difference for the families in and around Eastbourne.  Thank You!
  • Our thanks go to all the team at Ratton School, Eastbourne, who welcomed Chestnut Tree House as part of their inaugural Cultural Festival on Thursday, 29 June.  Pupils enjoyed a day of performances including dance acts, singers and instrumentalists, as well as a collection of stalls offering games, challenges and interaction.  A total of £96.91 was raised on the day, heavily supported by pupils from Ocklynge School who were there as part of their transition day and all wanted a go at the tombola to win lots of goodies.
  • A massive Thank you to Sarah Jouault who invited the public into her beautiful garden as part of The Selsey Open Gardens. She had a raffle and served refreshments and raised over £800. The afternoon was topped off with a performance from Chichester Big Band.
  • Thank you to Horsham Sports club for inviting us to raise funds with a stall and exit collection at The Big Gig. The sun was shining, the bands were great and £750 was raised. A fabulous day as always.
  • Ross Fisher (75) rowed his 60 year old fishing boat from London all the way around the Kent and Sussex coastline and finally finished at Felpham Sailing Club, Bognor Regis. Bad weather and winds made the conditions tricky and the whole journey took 12 days but he rowed 308km/192miles and raised a staggering £10,000 which is enough to cover all the care costs for a whole day.
  • Thanks for Luke Crouch from Horsham Tigers FC who organised a golf day at Rookwood Golf Course. It was a great day and raised over £2400, they all want to come back and do it again next year!
  • Thanks to Billingshurst Choral Society for supporting us for the past 2 years. This was their final concert which raised £396 making their total  just over £2500. I was a pleasure to serve your refreshments each time and hear such wonderful voices.
  • Thank you to Billingshurst Lions Club for holiday a very successful Golf Day with auction and raffle and donated £4500 which will help pay towards the new play park and sensory garden.
  • Thank you to Govia Thameslink Railway for raising £12,662.88.  The money was raised at a special charity tour to mark the retirement of Southern’s Class 313 trains.
  • Thank you to Costain Group PLC who donated an incredible £1,600 worth of items from our Amazon Wish List.
Hocky team group photo with reindeer antlers

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Worthing Hockey Club summer Reindeer Fun Tinsel, baubles, fairy lights and Mariah Carey... not usually things you'd associate with Summer, but due to frozen pitches preventing play at Christmas, Worthing Hockey Club were finally able to hold their Reindeer Fun Family Club Day at the start of June! 

Players of all ages from across the club took part in the fun and inclusive festive tournament, with some of the younger members getting their first taste of proper hockey. With festive tunes pumping across the pitch, players donned their reindeer antlers in the glorious sunshine, and everyone was able to celebrate Worthing Hockey Club raising an incredible £500.

Team in Chestnut Tree House t shirts with Sidney!

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Thank you to Bognor Boulders Walking Football Team for choosing us as their chosen charity when they were invited to play in the Havant and Waterlooville Walking Football Tournament. A massive £6k was raised and divided across 6 charities.

Previous months 'Thank you's
  • Thank you to Mick Wyeth and The Hot Dog Rockers for raising £949.63 by bucket collections at a few of their gigs. And Thank you to the bands who also supported The Hot Dog Rockers in raising this amount:-
    • The John Lawrence Band
    • Strohm
    • Perfect Strangers
    • Borrowed Time
    • Rio Grande
    • The Heroes
    • Sirius
  • A massive Thank you to Charlotte and Roger Waring for organising The Portslade Christmas Tree Recycle and raised £623 . Charlotte said “We would like to thank everyone who signed up and donated and also the many local businesses in Portslade who displayed posters. A special mention goes to Olus Environmental for taking all the trees without charge, JBS Print for designing and printing the posters and flyers for free, and our company Old Village Home & Garden Services, as we used our van and trailer etc to do the actual collections”
  • Dave, family and residents for putting on a dazzling display of Christmas lights in Eton Rd, Worthing during December. This popular annual event has increased in size with other residents joining in. From donations and a raffle an incredibly generous £1,300 was raised. In the last three years, these amazing festive displays have raised over £3,300. Put the date in your diary for 2023 from 1st December.
  • Wanda who created a magical Christmas light and decoration display in her garden raised a brilliant £287. Wanda plans her displays a year in advance. She also gets a special visit from Santa is a popular attraction for the whole Steyning community. This year a wonderful £287.00 was raised. (photo attached)
  • Joe in Ford puts up a glittering display on his house each year for all the local children and residents to enjoy. This year he raised a sparkling £180. Since 2017, Joe has raised £1,050 from his Christmas light displays.
  • Worthing Lions collected £220 from the generous public on a festive walk with Santa Claus.
  • Mazda MX5 Owners Club ran a raffle at their charity lunch held at the Squire & Groom in Bury and raised a fantastic £190
  • Queens Castles, a Worthing based family run inflatable hire company held a family fun day at the Charmandean Centre. It was fully sold out with lots of happy excited children. Also a thank you to local stores Tesco and Sainsbury’s who donated refreshments and items for the raffle. Sidney Squirrel came along too, and he was very popular. A magnificent £946 was raised, of which £600 was raised from the raffle.
  • Interim Bereavement Group of Worthing had a talk from Caroline one of our Community Fundraisers about the hospice and they generously donated £88.

Thank you to all the staff and students at Bexhill Sixth Form College in the Business Studies Department for once again taking on the £50 Challenge. The charity offers the £50.00 as a ‘seed fund’ for each group undertaking their own fundraising challenge. Previous successes have included an awesome evening of show tunes held at the college’s theatre with the money covering the cost of promoting he event, such as printing of posters and flyers, and helping raise nearly £1,000.00 on the night. We’re wishing you all the best of luck with your up-and-coming fundraising events.

Find out about the £50 challenge

A massive well done and Thank you to 9 year old Blake Hudson-Ide for running 5k and raising a whopping £1730. He was inspired after listening to a talk about Chestnut Tree House at his school assembly. Please get in touch if your school or group would like a talk or presentation.

Thank you to all the staff and visitors at the ever-amazing Knockhatch Adventure Park who welcomed us at their special Chestnut Tree House day on Saturday, 18 February. Your support helped raise an incredible £1,307.46, with the awesome Raiders Vaiders attracting a lot of attention!

  • Thank you to all the team at Kid Stuff Toys in Hastings’ Priory Meadow shopping Centre for accepting nearly 400 donated gifts bought by shoppers over the Christmas period.
  • Thank you to Lewes Music Group Orchestra for raising £90.00 at their swiftly organised event on Saturday, 7 January.  It was only on the Wednesday evening that they decided to put on the show and rallied round to get as many saxophonists, trumpeters, a drummer, violinists and other musicians and what a result it was! An awesome evening of stunning jazz renditions and £90 raised for the hospice. Thank you one and all!
  • V2 Radio’s Battle of the businesses: a week of quick thinking as the Chestnut Tree House teams battled it out against another local business, with a maximum of 10 random questions in 60 seconds. Fantastic fun and we won!!!  When’s the pizza arriving?
  • Thank you to all the enthusiastic team and generous customers at The Works, Uckfield who donated six huge bags full of toys, games, books and other gifts for the children.

Arundel Castle Abseil is coning up in March and we’d like to thank everyone who has signed up and have started their fundraising like these teams:

  • Team Morris which is a grandfather and his two granddaughters. They’re taking part in memory and have already raised £600.
  • First Central have entered a team of 48 and have a combined fundraising target of £13,680

Martin and Elliot for braving the shave at The Fox in Felpham. They’re feeling quite chilly now after one of them going completely bald and the other losing his lockdown beard! Between them they raised a fantastic £1890 after a massive donation from Charlie (landlord of the pub). Well done guys!

Thank you to 13 and 14 Stoneyfield Cottages, Eastergate for their amazing, annual Christmas light display who have raised £4,255 in 3 years!

  • Thanks to Bubbles Bargain World in Bognor for raising £770 throughout the World Cup and Anthony even sung the Welsh National Anthem (in Welsh) for the England V Wales game. Amazing effort and who knew that learning something new, whilst in lockdown, would be put to such good use!
  • Thanks Billingshurst Choral Society for raising £303 at their Christmas Concert bringing their 2022 total to £1674.
  • Thanks to Felpham Community College for raising £1,050
  • David challenged himself to 200 burpees a day until his baby was born. He really threw himself into the task each day and raised an incredible £400.
  • A superb £104 was raised by Worthing WI at their Arts and Crafts fair in December
  • Vanessa invited friends to her house for a Christmas Jewellery party and raised a sparkling £200
  • Over the year, the Silver Songs Singing Group at Our Lady Star of the Sea in East Preston sang their way to raising the roof and a splendid £200.
  • Thank you to Simon Poland for raising an incredible £8,000 by completing Everest Base Camp Trek.
  • Thank you to Harwoods Group for raising £833 by taking part in a Christmas Jumper Day!
  • Thank you to Nick Brighton of Brighton Bricks for supporting the Love LEGO event at our Brighton Chestnut Tree House shop and organising a LEGO mini-figure trail in the local area to raise funds.
  • Bourne Chorus: What a spectacular evening it was at The Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne with stunningly beautiful performances. The exit collection raised £259.11.
  • Little Chelsea Festive Fun: It was an absolute pleasure to be invited to be part of these local celebrations with Chestnut Tree House supporters keen to engage and help raise £164.27 for the hospice.
  • Shrimp: Every year this courageous teenager sets himself a crazy challenge and this year Shrimp took on a bungee jump up in Whitby and raised over £2,020 for the hospice!
  • Morrisons Eastbourne: Our thanks go to Kim Hatcher-Davies, the Community Champion at the Morrisons Eastbourne store for offering to support the charity by displaying some of the bespoke artwork created by the children.
  • South Downs TR Register: Our thanks go to this group of car enthusiasts who raised £174.60
  • The Outdoors Project – Lewes: Our thanks go to Connor McNally and all his team at the Outdoors Project for raising £55.00 at one of their sessions, which are always great fun, providing outdoor stimulation in lots of forms for kids of all ages.
  • 3rd Bexhill Brownies: Each year this fabulous gang of Brownies join in the Reindeer Fun challenge and raise sponsorship money for the hospice, and it was lovely to be able to accompany them on their run along Bexhill beachfront on Friday, 9 December even if it was blowing a right hooley! Two of the girls raised £238 between them!!St. Richards College, Bexhill on Sea: Thank you for inviting us to be part of your school assembly and talk with the Year 7 students who took on the task of raising as much money as possible as part of their Reindeer Fun challenge.Langney Primary Academy: The staff and over 500 students once again took part in the charity’s annual Reindeer Fun fundraiser helping bring in an awesome £1,169.81, and took the opportunity to invite along some living, breathing and very cuddly reindeer for all to enjoyAll our other amazing Reindeer Fun fundraisers:
    • Lutine Bell
    • The Farmyard Nursery and Woodyard Forest School
    • Hamsey Community Primary School
    • Bluebell Hill Nurseries
    • Oakwood Primary Academy
    • South Downs Community Special School
    • Scott Ward, Eastbourne Hospital
    • Willingdon Primary School
    • Claremont School
    • Torfield School
    • High Cliff Academy
    • Little Poppets Childcare
    • United Swimming Academy, in Lewes
    • Copperfields Nursery, Eastbourne
  • Dave and Iris of Worthing celebrated their birthdays with a street party. Family, friends and neighbours supported them generously raising an incredible £292! And it doesn’t stop there, this December Dave, Iris and Dave Junior will be decorating their house in Eton Road, Worthing with hundreds of glittering light and Christmas decoration displays. In its third year, it’s a well-supported event and they also run a very popular raffle. Well worth a visit and last year they raised over £1,200
  • Thanks to Suzy Smith Racing stables who opened her stables as part of National Horserace Week, and allowed us to serve refreshments from which we raised £413.61. It was a lovely morning and a fitting tribute to Her Majesty who loved her horses and actually had horses at this yard in the 60s!
  • Thank you to the marvellous Rother Community Choir for their donation of £300.00.  It was an absolute pleasure to be invited along to their postponed Summer Jubilation Concert, at St Mark’s Church in Little Common on Saturday, 10 September.  Not only were the choir amazing, but the wonderful Sammy Lou also entertained the audience, and she also kindly donated half of her appearance fee, too – so generous! Thanks to everyone.
  • Thank you to Lynda Gurr for being our local Tin Collector, covering the Bexhill-on-Sea area. Lynda started off fundraising for us back in January 2009 when she organised a coffee morning and raised an awesome £600.00. It was in the summer of 2012 that Lynda started to pop into local businesses and encourage them to have a collection tin, swapping them over as they filed up. We would like to say a massive “Thank You” to Lynda for all her fantastic support over the years.  Please enjoy your ‘retirement’.
  • Thank you to Richard Gurr Hairdressers of Battle for all your fundraising over the past 11 years, including your latest donation of £130.36 which must have filled your collection tin!  Richard has now ‘trimmed’ his hours down and is almost retired, apart from one morning a week when he steps in to help out at his old shop, now handed over to the wonderful Joy and her team, who have renamed the business: Joy Barber of Battle.
  • Our sincere thanks go to PCM Estate Agents in Hastings for all their support over the past 12 months, donating £50 per month being enough to pay for 5 hours of activities for the children either at the hospice itself or in their own homes.
  • Thank you to Polegate Mother’s Union group who requested a talk about Chestnut Tree House. It was a really interesting session answering so many queries, regaling stories about some of the children at the hospice, explaining how donations support the care work and how the children benefit. We look forward a to a return visit very soon to collect the donation sacks which so many people took away ready to fill with their clothes and other items destined for the shelves of our charity shops in Eastbourne, Seaford and Uckfield.
  • Thank you to Mr & Mrs Hitchcock for raising an incredible £310.00 in lieu of 50th Wedding Anniversary gifts.  What a most generous donation.
  • Thank you to Mrs Paula Plant who celebrated her 70th birthday by encouraging friends and family to donate a grand total of £1,200.00 rather than buy her gifts.
  • Thank you to Patsy Squire and all the residents of Homegate House in Eastbourne for their £200.00 donation. The residents of the care home had a fabulous Jubilee celebration and chose to support Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.
  • Thank you to all the staff and customers of Alfriston Village Stores for your ongoing support. Your latest collection tin contained a most welcome £78.60, which would be enough to pay for almost 4 hours of giggles and fun activities for the children in their own homes, all provided by the ever-wonderful Care Team.  Keep up the great work of looking after the folk of Alfriston!
  • Thank you Knockhatch Adventure Park for inviting us along to another special ‘Chestnut’ day, where supporters can meet the team. It’s always great to be able to answer queries and have a bit of fun as well. The park is an amazing place with so much to see and do, including their awesome wooden fort with its very own fire-breathing dragon, but also some gorgeous meerkats and other cute animals.  The scariest thing there this time was Darth Vader, along with his crew from Vaders Raiders star Wars Costume Group who kindly volunteered to help promote the charity
  • Thank you to the ever-fabulous Community Fundraisers from Morrisons Eastbourne who volunteered their time to also help out at Knockhatch Adventure Park on Saturday, 17 September. Kim Hatcher-Davies is always out in the community in and around Eastbourne supporting charitable causes with their work and fundraising. We look forward to being at Morrisons Eastbourne’s up-and-coming 10th birthday celebrations on Sunday, 9 October from 10am-1pm.  Come along and join in the fun!!
  • Thank you to the 3 O’Clock Ladies Club of the St Peter and St Paul Church on Parkstone Road, Hastings who kindly invited us along for a talk.  Not only did they raise a total of £107.64 but also took away lots of donation sacks, which will be collected on Tuesday, 11th October, clearing out their homes of books, handbags, hats, shoes and other items, all destined to stock the Chestnut Tree House charity shops with an array of goodies.
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