Having fun at Chestnut Tree House

What we do

We're 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.

About us

Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice for Sussex and South East Hampshire. Thanks to support from the local community, children and families who know they don’t have long together have the chance to live life to the full and say goodbye in the way that is right for them.

The generosity of the local community makes this happen. Over £4 million is needed every year to provide hospice care for local children and their families. Very little of this comes from central government. The rest comes from the amazing donations we receive, fundraising, gifts in wills, shops, the Chestnut Tree House lottery and volunteering.

Our care services

On a visit to Chestnut Tree House, kids can be astronauts for the day in the multi-sensory room, discover creepy crawlies on a woodland walk, or form their very own pop group in the music room. It is a place where parents can just be parents, and not carers, and where siblings have people to talk to who understand. 

As well as care provided at the House, nurses visit families at home, taking children out to explore their local community, or simply giving tired families and carers the chance to take a well-earned break.  

Then, when the time comes, we help families say goodbye, in whatever way feels right for them, at home or in the hospice itself. We offer ongoing bereavement support for the whole family. 

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How we make a difference

Being part of Chestnut Tree House is like having a big family, the moment you walk in those doors all of the stress is lifted from your shoulders

One of our families

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Our history

  • We were first established as the Chestnut Tree Trust, in October 1997, with the aim of looking after children with life-shortening conditions and their families.
  • In April 1998 the Trustees of St Barnabas House and the Chestnut Tree Trust formally agreed to work together to provide a children’s hospice in Sussex.
  • The community team was launched in September 2001, before the hospice opened, and continues to care for families in their own homes.
  • Our first charity shop was opened on River Road, Arundel in February 2002.
  • The House was officially opened on Tuesday 11 November 2003 by Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra.
  • On Friday 26 September 2008 our Meadow Gardens were opened and on Thursday 19 June 2014 our magical and interactive wheelchair accessible Woodland Walk was opened.

Today: Every year, we care for around 300 local children who are not expected to live until adulthood. And we’re making lots of renovations to the House to make sure we can continue to deliver the best quality care to families who need us.

Renovations include:

  • increasing the ceiling height in the Teenage Wing and pool area
  • improved mechanical hoisting installation;
  • piped oxygen and suction installed in the Teenage Wing and pool area;
  • a new wet and dry changing area to allow more children and young people to use the pool with greater privacy.

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