Children and families at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice enjoyed a lovely Christmassy surprise on Sunday 15th December when Santa and his Elves turned up in not one, but two double-decker buses!
Santa Bus arrived festooned with colourful Christmas lights, playing music and loaded with presents for the children. As part of the festive celebrations, The Snowman bus came along too, decorated with the iconic and beloved character created by the charity’s Patron and friend, Raymond Briggs CBE.
The children and families had their photos taken with Santa and were able to go on the buses, with one young man even being allowed to start The Snowman Bus! Then everyone trooped inside for some mince pies and a singalong with Santa.
Alison Taylor, Corporate Fundraising Manager for Chestnut Tree House, says: “Thank you so much to for bringing the buses to Chestnut Tree House. It was wonderful to see the children’s faces light up when the buses drove up the lane with all their lights on. And with a chance to meet Santa and his Elves, receive some early presents and for everyone to come together and sing some Christmas songs, it was a great way for families to spend precious time together and make some lovely Christmas memories.”
Chestnut Tree House provides care and support to around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across Sussex and South East Hampshire, both at the hospiceand in families’ own homes. The cost of providing this service is over £4 million per year, yet the hospice receives less than 6% central government funding so relies on the generosity and support of the community to continue providing vital care to local children and families.