Thank you party for hospice volunteers

Chestnut Tree House children's hospice volunteers thank you party at the Cumberland Hotel, Eastbourne SUS-160106-113100001
Chestnut Tree House children's hospice volunteers thank you party at the Cumberland Hotel, Eastbourne SUS-160106-113100001

Chestnut Tree, the children’s hospice service for East Sussex, recently held a celebration evening for local volunteers to thank them for their invaluable contribution to the charity.

Almost 50 people attended the event, held at and supported by the Cumberland Hotel in Eastbourne, including volunteers from the charity’s shops in Seaford and Eastbourne, and fundraising and events volunteers from across the county. They heard from Chestnut Tree’s CEO, Hugh Lowson, and Director of Children’s Services, Linda Perry, about the vital work the hospice does caring for children with life-shortening conditions in East Sussex and the important contribution volunteers make to this.

Three volunteers received badges for long service on the night. Polegate and Seaford residents, Gill Chapple and John Hayes have volunteered for Chestnut Tree for five years.

Gill said, “I feel very blessed with my life and volunteering is my way of giving something back. I love people, being with people and meeting new people, so volunteering is fantastic.

“Everybody at Chestnut Tree is so nice; they are all like-minded and always pleased to see you. There is absolutely no pressure to commit to more than you can manage. I’m so glad I chose to volunteer for Chestnut Tree.”

Chestnut Tree still has plenty of volunteering opportunities in East Sussex.

Fundraising volunteers don’t need to commit to a set number of hours but can choose from a wide range of opportunities – which currently include helping out at Eastbourne Carnival, at the Big Heart Auction satellite exhibitions, at Happy Jacks Picnic in the Park and supporting the charity’s Sussex 100 cycle ride. Shop volunteers for Eastbourne or Seaford will need to commit to at least four hours a week, with roles including sorting stock, serving customers and visual merchandising.

Anybody interested in volunteering should visit, ring 01323 725095 or email

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