Drusillas’ boost to Chestnut Tree Hospice

Drusillas Park's Managing Director, Christine Smith (left) with Community Fundraiser, Louise Collins (right) and the rainbow lorikeets.
Drusillas Park's Managing Director, Christine Smith (left) with Community Fundraiser, Louise Collins (right) and the rainbow lorikeets.

A TEAM effort has helped to raise thousands of pounds for Chestnut Tree House.

It was Drusillas’ chosen charity for 2011 and community fundraiser Louise Collins visited the zoo to collect a cheque. During last year the Alfriston-based zoo raised £4,229.94 for the cause.

Chestnut Tree House is the only hospice for young people in Sussex.

It offers a home from home environment for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses – and their families – and the hospice costs more than £2.5 million per year to run.

Families are never charged for the care and the hospice receives little government funding.

Throughout 2011, Chestnut Tree House had an ongoing presence at Drusillas, with collecting tins in the retail outlets and an awareness stand manned by staff and volunteers on certain days during the year.

Kune Kune pig Peppa was also chosen by the charity, with 20 per cent of any adoption proceeds donated to the hospice.

Drusillas staff took part in a 10- mile sponsored walk and a 50-mile bike ride to help boost funds.

Louise said, “We are so grateful to all the team at Drusillas and all the visitors to the park for supporting Chestnut Tree House.

“It has been a fantastic year with lots of fun-filled activities.

“We have really enjoyed working with Drusillas and their support has not only raised vital funds to care for the children and families who need Chestnut Tree House, but has raised valuable awareness of the hospice throughout Sussex. Thank you from everyone at Chestnut Tree House.”

Each year, Drusillas supports a local cause dedicated to the welfare of children and this year it will support Care for the Carers.