Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice will celebrate its 15th birthday this November, and is calling on people of all ages across Sussex and South East Hampshire to take on a challenge to mark the occasion.
The charity has listed 15 challenges and is encouraging interested parties to “pick one, two or even take on all 15!”:
1. Let 15 people know about our Open Days, taking place on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 October
2. Test your nerve on our incredible 15th birthday abseil at Arundel Castle in September
3. Dig deep and donate £15
4. Share our social media pages with 15 friends
5. Sign up 15 sponsors (or more) for your next big challenge
6. Give 15 hours through volunteering
7. Chase Santa around the school playground on a 15-lap Reindeer Run
8. Get your heart pumping with 15 runs in our 15th year
9. Invite 15 friends over for a Big Get Together barbeque, cocktail or movie night
10. Shout ‘Geronimo!’ on a 15,000 ft skydive
11. Collect 15 things to donate to your local Chestnut Tree House shop
12. Challenge your workmates to fill up 15 charity bags between you
13. Spread the word by telling 15 friends about Chestnut Tree House
14. Feel lucky with our Superdraw – and sell 15 tickets to your friends
15. Enter a team in our 15th birthday mud run in July
Linda Perry, Director of Children’s Services at Chestnut Tree House, said: “A lot has changed since Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra officially opened Chestnut Tree House on 11 November 2003, and we could not have helped the 833 children and families we have over the last 15 years without the help and support of the local community.
“Without people taking on challenges, fundraising, making donations, volunteering or pledging gifts in wills, we simply wouldn’t be able to continue providing the specialist care that is vital to so many children and young people in Sussex and South East Hampshire.
“To everyone who has helped us over the last 15 years, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you from all the children, families and staff at Chestnut Tree House. In our 15th year, let’s inspire everyone to live For the Now, take on a challenge and help us make every Now count.”
Chestnut Tree House opened its doors on 11 November 2003 and currently provides care and support to around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire – both at the hospice and in families’ own homes. The cost of providing this vital service is over £3.5 million per year, yet the hospice receives less than 7% central government funding so relies heavily on the generosity and support of the local community to continue providing vital care to local children and families.
To find out how you can get involved, please visit: http://www.chestnut-tree-