Chesnut Tree House children’s hospice - Gravetye Manor’s official charity partner
Opened in 2003, Chesnut Tree House provides expert palliative care, practical advice and support to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families from across Sussex. The only children’s hospice in Sussex, Chestnut Tree House offers care for children in a variety of different ways – including short breaks, day care both at the hospice and in the families’ homes, activity days and outings, sibling support, end of life care and pre and post bereavement support.
A team of skilled nurses and care support workers provide day care or respite care in the house. Families can choose to stay in the special family accommodation at the house or leave their children in the capable hands of the Care Team while they take a break for a few days. Chestnut Tree House is very much a home-from-home environment for the children and their families. It is also a place of love, understanding and caring, a place of fun, laughter, hope and friendship.
Andrew Thomason, Managing Director of Gravetye Manor says ‘we are delighted to be supporting such a wonderful and inspirational charity. As a standpoint of the county, Gravetye Manor is deeply committed to supporting local charities and Chesnut Tree House is something we feel very passionate about.’
Through this exciting charity partnership, Gravetye will be selling canvas bags with all proceeds donated to Chesnut Tree House, as well as hosting a series of fundraising evenings and events throughout 2013 to raise awareness for this wonderful cause.
As part of the hospice’s 10th birthday celebrations, Chestnut Tree House hosted a special birthday luncheon at Gravetye Manor on Thursday 26th September 2013. The luncheon welcomed 60 key individuals and senior corporate executives, all long-term supporters of the charity.
Gravetye Manor was delighted to present a cheque for £1600 at the lunch, which were the proceeds from the ticket sales of our William Robinson Festival held earlier in July.
During the event, guests enjoyed a drinks reception with sparkling wine supplied by Bluebell Vineyard Estates. Speeches were also heard from Chestnut Tree House Chief Executive, Hugh Lowson, and Andrea Thorne, grandmother of one of the children cared for by the hospice, who detailed her experience of using the Sussex-based children’s hospice.
(Pictured from left to right: Chestnut Tree House Director of Children's Services, Linda Perry and Chief Executive, Hugh Lowson, from Gravetye Manor, Marketing Manager Celine Leslie).