Polegate petrol station raises cash for Chestnut Tree Hospice

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The Co-operative petrol filling station in Polegate has got behind Chestnut Tree’s new Hands Up campaign, raising £300 for the children’s hospice service.

Staff and customers at the petrol station chose Chestnut Tree as their charity of the month in April.

Collection boxes at the tills and donations made from overnight parking at the site all contributed to the total, something manager Spencer Knight is very proud of.

Spencer said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff and customers who donated so generously to this wonderful organisation. Chestnut Tree makes a huge difference to many children in East Sussex, and we are proud to support it.”

Chestnut Tree is the children’s hospice service for East Sussex.

They currently care for 300 children with life-shortening conditions, including 21 in the Eastbourne and Polegate area but they know there are more who need their help.

Their new Hands Up! campaign aims to double the number of children Chestnut Tree are caring for in East Sussex by asking people to put their hands in the air and say ‘Yes I’ll help’.

Chris King, Community Fundraising Officer for Chestnut Tree collected the cheque from staff at the petrol station, commenting: “We are delighted that Co-op Polegate has put their Hands Up and supported us through their charity of the month scheme. We rely heavily on the support of the public to continue our work so the money raised by the Co-op is vital.

“Anybody who would like to put their Hands Up and pledge their support to Chestnut Tree can find out more at Chestnut-Tree-House.org.uk/handsup, can give us a ring on 01323 725095 or email handsup@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk”

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