Polgegate firm organises pier to pier walk to raise funds for children's hospice

More than 30 people made a long trek from Eastbourne Pier to Hastings Pier to raise over £1,000 for Chestnut Tree House children's hospice.

Monday, 17th September 2018, 8:00 am
Walkers at Eastbourne Pier SUS-181209-102234001

The walk, on September 8, was organised by Polegate based CDS Electrical.

This is the third year the team hosted the event, with over 30 people taking on the 15.2 mile challenge from Eastbourne Pier to Hastings Pier. They were joined by the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Gill Mattock, who counted down to the start and walked with the group to Langney Point. The team then headed through Sovereign Harbour, Pevensey and Westham, Normans Bay, Cooden Beach, Collington, Bexhill and St. Leonard’s before arriving in Hastings.

They were walking to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex. It is a charity that CDS have regularly supported over the years, and one close to Managing Director Corin Dudley’s heart.

He commented: “Friends of ours are supported by Chestnut Tree House so it is a charity that we feel very passionately about” he told walkers before they set off.

Mikayla Bernstein, from Chestnut Tree House, also spoke briefly about the charity’s 15 year history. “We are really proud to have been caring for children and families across Sussex for the past 15 years. This has only been possible due to the amazing support from people like CDS and everyone taking part in the Pier-to-Pier walk, I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you.”

Anybody wishing to contribute to CDS’s fundraising can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cds-p2p-18. You can find more information about Chestnut Tree House at www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk, or by attending their open days, taking place at their hospice near Arundel on 5 and 6 October.

Chestnut Tree House provides specialist palliative care services to 300 children and young people aged 0-19 with life-shortening conditions in Sussex.

It costs over £3.9 million each year to provide all Chestnut Tree House’s specialist care services. Families are never charged for their care and the hospice receives less than 6% from central government, so it relies heavily on the generosity, help and support of the local community.