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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:

  • A huge well done and thank you to all the mini mile megastars who took part in the Mini Mile Races at Brighton Marathon weekend on the 9 April 2022. As a team they raised £8,000 which is just incredible!
  • Thank you to the students of Chichester University for raising £130 at their Caberet Concert. It was a wonderful evening and the students voices were outstanding – we’re sure we will get to see some of them in The West End very soon!
  • Thank you to Dapper Dogs for allowing us to have a charity stand at their dog hooping show in early April. The sun was shining, and we held a cuddly doggie tombola out on the showground. As you can imagine all the doggies were adored and they quickly found homes, and through the generosity of the show organisers, dog owners and visitors we raised a fantastic £75.00.
  • Thank you to the marvellous Leaky Buckets band for once again rocking their stuff over the course of two nights, and as ever, all the people who supported them and made donations for Chestnut Tree House. The band organise these fundraising evenings supply all their own instruments and accompanying bits of equipment. You really are most generous and fantastic entertainment! A special thanks go to volunteer Sylvia Daw.
  • Thank you to Wrightflow Technologies, for taking on the challenge of walking from Eastbourne Pier to Hastings Pier of Good Friday. They were waved off by the fabulous Deputy Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr. Helen Burton, and having covered the 15.9 miles, which took about 6 hours, the employees and their families arrived at the Pier with a warm welcome from the Mayor Hastings, Cllr. James Bacon. Our thanks go also to the wonderful Brewing Brothers, who supplied well-earned refreshments!
  • Thank you to M&S in Bexhill-on-Sea for raising £619.12 in the Chestnut Tree House collection tins. Our sincere thanks go to all the staff and customers for their support.
  • Thank you to John Bray Estate Agents for all their fundraising as they celebrate being in business for 150 years. Look out for #JB150 and various events happening, culminating in the team and supporters completing 1872 lengths of Hastings Pier – being the year the company was established, and also when the pier was built. Join us on Saturday, 18th June and help us with this enormous challenge – and you’ll get a wee award for your part, too!
  • Thank you to all five teams in Childcare, Health & Social Care at East Sussex College Eastbourne, for all their fundraising as they use their £50 start-up funds, supplied by the hospice as part of our ‘Schools Challenge’, providing funds to help groups do their own fundraising.
Image of the together fest

Thank you so much to the amazing folks at The Macs Farm and everyone who attended TogetherFest in Ditchling on 2 April. You have raised over £7,200! This family friendly charity event was greatly enjoyed by all!

Two joyful mega mile runners

A huge well done and thank you to all the mini mile megastars who took part in the Mini Mile Races at Brighton Marathon weekend on the 9 April 2022. As a team they have raised £8,000 which is just incredible!

Previous months 'Thank you's
  • Thank you to the Diocese of Chichester for the invitation to meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury in Lewes, and for all your ongoing support.
  • Shrimp, a.k.a. Daniel Macdiamid, for buying 25 tickets for the fabulous Drusillas, equating to £750.00, at £30.00 a ticket. Our Care Team will be taking the children to see the animals and have fun at the park!
  • Thank you Seaford Rotarians for all your help and advice for charities running the kitchen at Arlington Bluebell Walk, with special thanks to Michael and Pippa Loga
  • Thank you Bexhill 6th Form College for taking on our £50 Schools Challenge, and organising your own fundraising events. The £50 is used as a ‘seed fund’ to help purchase ingredients, stationery or other materials and help prepare for a fundraiser, with all profits (plus the initial £50) coming to the charity to pay for services. The College is hoping to raise over £500.00!
  • Thank you to the Rotary Club of Hove for generously donating £162 – it was a pleasure to meet you all.
  • Thank you to everyone at Brighton Theatre Group. We collected donations at all their performances of Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Brighton, and raised a fantastic amount of just shy of £500! A massive round of applause for all of the cast on crew who put on an amazing performance.
  • Thank you to Meridian Shopping Centre in Havant for donating a staggering £781 raised by their Santa’s Grotto! They raised a total of £2,343 which was generously split between Chestnut Tree House, Rowans Hospice and Beacon Church Havant.
  • Thank you to the Mile Oak Over 50s Friendship Group for inviting us to come and speak at one of their meetings. We collected over £100 from the generous members including a raffle.
  • Thank you to the Tiny Box company for raising £615 – a fantastic team effort from everyone in the organisation.
  • Thank you to all the team at PCM Estate Agents in Hastings for their monthly donation of £50.00
  • Thank you to Colin and Kay Wilson of Uckfield for all the toys and games bought on behalf of your son and donated to us, our thoughts go out to you.
  • Thank you to Rivervale for their £500 donation after their Christmas themed Facebook competition to celebrate their 5th anniversary at Rivervale House.
  • Mother and daughter, Sibby Sawyer and Paris Sawyer of Littlehampton produced a star-studded charity calendar of dancers, models, pageant kings and queens. They raised a stunning £300 from sales of this glam inspired calendar.
  • Using their own workplace gym, the owners and staff of Hill and Peeks Accountants of Rustington trekked, rowed, cycled and skied the 175km journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem during the run up to Christmas, ending on the 22nd December 2021. It was a tough challenge to do in between their busy working days, but they did it and raised an amazing £2,469.
  • Care providers Bluebird Care in Rustington filled their little company car with inflated balloons asking the local public to guess how many were in the vehicle. This took place at the Rustington High Street Christmas fair, and with lots of people paying for guesses, an incredible £282.00 was raised.
  • With the help of their little brother Benji, Amelie and Elodie spent the weeks before Christmas making mini Christmas stockings. They had a target of £50 to pay for a selection of materials for an arts and crafts day, allowing families to have fun together over Christmas and make lots of happy memories. These perfect £2 gifts were hugely popular raising a fantastic festive £103.00.
  • Animal inspired artist and sculptor, Fiona Champion exhibited some of her realistic works last year. Her particular passion is big cats and she has travelled extensively over the world capturing the beauty of its wildlife. Her exhibition raised £234.00.
  • In September last year, over 200 members and visitors of West Sussex Golf Club took part in a charity fundraising golf day, raising over £30,000 for the hospice. The golf day, organised by Ladies’ Captain Nicola Everitt and Men’s Captain Paddy Fane, consisted of two 18-hole rounds of golf, a raffle, and an auction.
  • Thank you to Gravetye Manor Hotel & Restaurant for raising an incredible £1,465.30 at their Christmas event held in December! They’re celebrating 10 years of supporting Chestnut Tree House in 2022 so stay tuned to see what they get up to in this landmark year!
  • Thank you to Knockhatch Adventure Park for raising £4,030 and for their ongoing support.
  • Thank you to all the team at Priory Meadow Shopping Centre in Hastings for once again dedicating The Charity Giving Tree to Chestnut Tree House. Our thanks go to every single person who kindly bought an item and helped fill six shopping trolleys which were brimming over with donated items.  Our thanks also to Kids Stuff Toys who kindly accepted all the toys, games and other items, with the shopping trolleys located in their store.
  • Thank you to Shrimp for once again choosing to take on a crazy challenge… To spend a stormy night in a tent suspended over a cliff on the Pembrokeshire coast must have taken some nerves, but nearly £8,000 was raised and bought so many toys, games and gifts for the children.
  • Thank you to all the team at Tesco Hailsham for kindly donating toys, games, scarves and gloves as gifts.
  • Thank you to Guy Patrikios at Aspects Beauty in South Chailey, East Sussex for baking gorgeous hand-made bread and raising £1,500 which Aspects Beauty then match-funded, bringing the total to an awesome £3,000.  Thank you everyone who kindly made a donation and savoured Guy’s creations.
  • Thank you to Chanice Sumner in Eastbourne for not only doing a fundraiser in memory of her sister, but also went out and bought 60no. Christmas selection boxes and wrapped them for the Care Team to distribute to the families here at Chestnut Tree House.
  • Men in Sheds Littlehampton (West) donated £200 just before Christmas. The men’s shed movement was set up for the benefit of men’s health and wellbeing. This close-knit group made and sold a variety of items, which resulted in their generous donation.
  • In early January, across Brighton & Hove, we collected and recycled over 700 trees and raised just over £10,000. We would like to thank everyone who supported the initiative from those who registered and generously donated to have their trees collected, to our amazing volunteers who collected the trees.
  • Huge thanks to the amazing team at Sussex Trees in Lindfield for their amazing fundraising and support in the lead up to Christmas. They raised an incredible £16,883 over the festive weekends!
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