Chestnut Tree House children visit Drusillas Zoo

The group of young people from Chestnut Tree House enjoyed a complimentary day out at Drusillas Zoo.

The group of young people from Chestnut Tree House enjoyed a complimentary day out at Drusillas Zoo.

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A GROUP of young people from the only children’s hospice in Sussex enjoyed a day out at Drusillas Zoo.

The complimentary day was organised for the youngsters on September 17.

During their visit, the group met furry and feathered creatures along the zoo route including the resident meerkats, penguins and lemurs.

They also enjoyed some close animal encounters in the new walk-through aviary, Lory Landing.

Chestnut Tree House near Arundel is the only hospice for children in Sussex and it is Drusillas Zoo’s ‘Charity of the Year’.

The hospice receives little funding from Government and does not charge families for care.

It relies almost entirely on the help and support of the Sussex community to raise the £2.5 million required to provide its services.

Trisha Cullingford, hospice activity and buddy co-ordinator, said: “Our young people have varied disabilities and complex needs.

“And the sight, sound and smell experience of Drusillas was an excellent activity for them.

“We spent time looking and interacting with the animals and some of our young people went on the train.

“A couple fed the parrots and one said ‘that was the best thing ever’.

“Another member of our group sat for ages captivated by a lemur eating and feeding.

“We were looked after very well, nothing was too much trouble for the staff; they were really friendly and helpful.”

The visit was arranged as one of the zoo’s fun and friendship youth group outings.

For more information about Chestnut Tree House www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk