Volunteers are wanted: hospice

Collection for Chestnut Tree House. Volunteers take to the streets of Worthing to raise money for the children's charity. Pictured are L-R Oscar Boxall (10), June Dee, Janine Tillings, Nigel Tillings, Cllr Vic Walker (Mayor to Worthing), Finley Dee (1) and Janine Dee. 'Worthing. ''Picture : Liz Pearce 040415'LP1500877 SUS-150404-191755008
Collection for Chestnut Tree House. Volunteers take to the streets of Worthing to raise money for the children's charity. Pictured are L-R Oscar Boxall (10), June Dee, Janine Tillings, Nigel Tillings, Cllr Vic Walker (Mayor to Worthing), Finley Dee (1) and Janine Dee. 'Worthing. ''Picture : Liz Pearce 040415'LP1500877 SUS-150404-191755008

Chestnut Tree children’s hospice, which provides care for local life-limited children, has launched a new campaign in a plea to recruit more volunteers in the Eastbourne area.

The cost of all care that Chestnut Tree provides is over £3.5 million each year, less than seven per cent of this is funded by central government.

The campaign will give an insight into the world of volunteering, by focusing on the varied stories of existing volunteers with their different experiences and individual thoughts.

Tracy Luker, Head of East Sussex fundraising, said, “We would not be able to exist without our amazing volunteers. The time that they give us is invaluable, without them we would not be able to provide life-limited children in East Sussex with the care that they need.

“We simply need more volunteers to come forward in the East Sussex area. There are so many different roles available and we can be completely flexible, whether it is just a one off or a regular commitment of a few hours a week. Or you may want to just have a taster session and see how you like it. Please do just contact us and have chat.”

Volunteering roles available at Chestnut Tree in East Sussex are many and varied. They include helping out at fundraising events, on awareness stands, becoming a Buddy and going to activity days or youth groups in the area that are held for the children, volunteering in the Eastbourne office, or at one of the three Chestnut Tree charity shops located in Eastbourne, Seaford and Uckfield.

To find out more call 01323 725095, email handsup@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk, or visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/handsup and follow @HandsUpToHelp.

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