Social evening showcases hospice’s work

Staff from Chestnut Tree House are pictured with the mayor and mayoress
Staff from Chestnut Tree House are pictured with the mayor and mayoress

The Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice hosted a cheese and wine evening at its new Eastbourne office to showcase the work it does.

The hospice has seen an increasing demand for its specialist care services for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses, particularly in East Sussex.

As a result, the hospice’s Community Team of nurses and care support workers who provide care in families’ own homes, has recently expanded to 20 staff and now Chestnut Tree House has opened a branch office in Eastbourne.

The office, based in Commercial Road, will provide a base for the East Sussex Community Team and also a meeting point for local people wanting to support the hospice.

On Thursday Chestnut Tree House hosted a cheese and wine evening at the new office.

Hospice staff welcomed guests already known to the hospice as well as some new faces.

Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Mike Thompson, a keen supporter of Chestnut Tree House, was also in attendance and made sure the hamper of goodies donated for the raffle by Jan Citrone from Caring Lady Funeral Directors, went to a good home.

His wife had the winning ticket but instead of keeping it for themselves, he auctioned the hamper which, in the end, went to another of the guests.

Linda Perry, director of children’s services at Chestnut Tree House, said, “The evening was a fantastic success. It was great to invite supporters and guests to our ‘new home’ in East Sussex.

“I was able to tell them how important and vital this facility will be to the hospice in providing a base for our Care Team.

“For example we have a family living in the local area that we are currently caring for and who require our nurses to be on call round the clock. The new base means that nurses are able to pop into the Eastbourne office and pick up equipment that perhaps otherwise they would have had to return to the hospice to collect, around an hour’s drive away.

“Being able to provide such a quick response to families could mean the difference between a child staying at home or being admitted into hospital.

“Oh behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House, I would like to thank all the guests who came along. I would also like
to make special thanks to Anthony Prudente for the donation of the delicious and Chestnut Tree House coloured, Macaroons by his company Mister Macaron.”

n For more information about Chestnut Tree House in East Sussex, visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk or contact Georgia Abbott, community fundraiser on 348008.