Sing, whoop and move to raise funds for your local children’s hospice

The Big Swoove

A group of Sussex-based fitness instructors are challenging you to sing, whoop and move for local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House this Autumn in an aim to raise £1,000.

Swoove Aid, a foundation that exists to raise money for small and local non-profits, are holding The Big Swoove, a 40-hour event to raise money for 40 local charities.

The Swoovathon will start at 7pm on Friday 27 September and finish at 2pm on Sunday 29 September. The event is in celebration of Swoove founder, Esther Featherstone, who celebrated her 40th birthday in April.

One of the nominated charities for The Big Swoove is local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House, who are looking for participants to sing, whoop and move to feel-good music from across the eras to help raise vital funds.

Jayne Todd, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House, says. “We need to raise £285 every hour to provide all our specialist care services, both at the House and in families’ own homes across Sussex and South East Hampshire, so support like this is invaluable.

“The Swoovathon sounds like a really fun event, and we love seeing our supporters thinking outside the box like this when organising fundraisers for us. We’d like to thank everyone involved for their support – the money raised will help us to continue supporting local children and families.”

If you think you can sing, whoop and move for Chestnut Tree House, Swoove Aid are challenging you to Swoove for as long as you can between 2.30pm – 5.30pm on Saturday 28 September at Scaynes Hill Millennium Centre.

Esther Featherstone, founder of Swoove, says, “Those taking part are encouraged to challenge themselves and Swoove for at least 3 hours across the marathon… or any length of time – even 40 hours if they feel they can do it!”

For singing. For whooping. For moving. For yourself. For local families. For living. For the Now. The entry charge to this event is £25. Please visit to find out more. To find out more about Chestnut Tree House, please visit

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 hospice and 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.


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