Popular Picnic in the Park raises £1,300 for Chestnut Tree House

Picnic in the Park for Chestnut Tree House SUS-160817-104839001
Picnic in the Park for Chestnut Tree House SUS-160817-104839001
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Happyjacks Softplay has announced its popular Picnic in the Park pre-schooler event raised more than £1,300 for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

The annual event proved as popular as ever, attracting more than 1,000 people to Gildredge Park last month to enjoy taster sessions from a wide variety of children’s activity providers.

Football, dancing, baby sensory play, singing, drumming, softplay and a bouncy castle were among the activities on offer. Parents could also find out more about financial planning, baby swimming and pre-school.

Organiser Jaki Tompkins, of Happyjacks Softplay, said, “It was such a great day. “What started as a meet-up for parents who come to our softplay sessions and classes has grown and evolved into this amazing event.”

Chestnut Tree also attended on the day, helping to marshal the event and run their own awareness stand where parents and carers could find out more about the work the hospice does in East Sussex. With the help of its Hands Up campaign, the charity is currently expanding its services in East Sussex, with the aim of reaching more of the families who need their care here.

Georgina Cook, from the charity, said, “As part of our campaign we need to raise awareness and funds for the hospice, and HappyJacks’ Picnic in the Park has become a vital part of that for us. Over the last three years, the event has raised over £3,000 and helped us reach thousands of people. Jaki should be very proud of herself.”

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