A group of 11 prefects from Davison CE High School for Girls in Worthing have chosen Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice as their Charity of the Year, setting themselves a fundraising target of £1,000.
To kick-start their fundraising campaign, the group did a sponsored walk in June, raising £446 – almost half of their target for the year. Future fundraising plans include a cake sale later this year and a Talent Show at the school in April 2019.
Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “We are incredibly grateful to the prefects at Davison CE High School for choosing us as their Charity of the Year. In addition to raising vital funds for Chestnut Tree House, support like this really helps to increase awareness of the work we do, and the way we help local children and families.
“We need to raise £6,850 every day to provide all our specialist care services – both at the hospice and in families own homes across Sussex and South East Hampshire, so support from the local community is invaluable.
“To put their fundraising into perspective, if the Davison prefects hit their £1,000 target, that will pay for a child to spend a night at Chestnut Tree House, where they will receive specialist care and enjoy facilities like our hydrotherapy pool and multisensory room; and also give a child the chance to visit the hospice for a Stay and Play session. Thank you from everyone at Chestnut Tree House.”
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 Sussex and South East Hampshire. The cost of providing this vital service is over £3.9 million per year, yet the hospice receives less than 6% central government funding so relies heavily on the generosity and support of the community to continue providing vital care to children and families.