Chestnut Tree House to be Heathfield Vets’ charity of the year

Heathfield Vets put their hands up to help Chestnut Tree House Hospice.
Heathfield Vets put their hands up to help Chestnut Tree House Hospice.

A children’s hospice charity was delighted when Heathfield Vets decided to raise funds for its vital work by holding a Family Fun Day.

Chestnut Tree House is mounting a campaign called Hands Up to raise money and raise its profile in a bid to help more children in East Sussex.

The charity has a hospice near Arundel but also helps 55 children in East Sussex by providing support at home.

Community fundraiser Charlie Weeks said: “We are grateful to everyone at Heathfield Vets for putting their hands up and supporting us as their charity of the year.

“I look forward to working closely with them over the coming year to raise awareness and funds.”

Heathfield Vets has named Chestnut Tree as its charity of the year.

The Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday September 20 at Herstmonceux Recreation Ground where there will be a three mile family walk, refreshments, games, a dog show and face painting.

Marion Head of Heathfield Vets said: “It will be a fun day full of activities for all ages.

“We are having great fun planning it and hope everyone will have great fun enjoying it.

“We’ll have more details nearer the time but everyone is welcome to come along on the day and take part.”

Chestnut Tree is the children’s hospice service for East and West Sussex.

It cares for 300 children with life-shortening conditions, but the charity knows there are more who need help.

The new Hands Up! campaign aims to double the number of children Chestnut Tree helps in East Sussex by asking people to say: ‘Yes I’ll help’.

Find out more at, call the charity on 01323 725095 or email

Chestnut Tree House only receives eight per cent of its funding from the Government.

The hospice building near Arundel has ten beds providing specialist short breaks, emergency care, step down from hospital and end of life care.

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