A tour of a life line

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On the recent open day at Chestnut Tree House, hundreds of people came to see the amazing premises and work by the dedicated staff.

Chestnut Tree House

Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and cares for children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from all over the county.

Completed in 2003, the hospice provides a ‘home from home’ environment with 10 children’s bedrooms plus 8 family rooms, a wet and dry play area, computer and music rooms, a multi sensory room and hydrotherapy pool. The house is set in beautiful gardens within an area of outstanding natural beauty.

There are potentially 400 families with life-limited children in Sussex. Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family including psychological support, care in bereavement therapy, end of life and respite care and sibling support.

The hospice costs over £2.5 million per year to run. Families are not charged for their care and the hospice receives very little government funding so it relies almost entirely on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.

The aim at Chestnut Tree House is to provide the care and support families so desperately need, whether practical, physical or emotional.
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Many local organisation, companies and individuals raise money for Chestnut Tree House. Many local children have been, and continue to be assisted by this wonderful hospice and its staff.

Crawley Happy Times were invited by and attended the open day with Christine Beeden. A local mum who has experienced the work of Chestnut Tree House through her daughter, who has severe epilepsy. Christine told us “the staff are amazing and so warm and friendly. It really helps my family in times when we need reassurance. When Sophie has required special care we would not have wished for a better place to come. I feel totally relaxed the moment I walk through the doors, safe in the knowledge that Sophie is in the best environment she could be. Understanding Sophie’s condition has been made easier. The staff are always there to speak to. The fact we get to stay overnight in specially allocated rooms is just so comforting. Being near Sophie is so important when she is not feeling very well. We would not know what to do without them”.

If you would like to help raise money, click here to see what events are coming up in your area.

We were honoured to get a tour of the facilities, with beautifully decorated rooms and hi-tech equipment. Carolyn Robinson, Development Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House took us around, explaining all the different areas and use of equipment. We would like to thank Christine, Carolyn and all the staff at Chestnut Tree House for such a warm welcome. We would recommend anyone to look at the work the hospice do and how it enriches the lives of families across the South East.

The Tour

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