Music festival backs hospice


Organisers of the Meadowlands Festival have chosen this year to exclusively support Chestnut Tree House, the only children’s hospice in East and West Sussex.

The family-orientated, diverse and vibrant music event takes place at historic Glynde Place, near Lewes, and is now in its fifth year.

Chestnut Tree House was officially opened in November 2003 and over the past 10 years has helped hundreds of life-limited children and their families all over the county.

Families are never charged for the care they receive. It costs almost £3 million each year to provide all care services both at the hospice and out in the community, yet less than 8 per cent of funding is received from central government. So the hospice, based near Arundel, relies heavily on the support of the local community.

Organisers of the Meadowlands Music Festival have suggested that those who receive complimentary guest passes to the event make a minimum donation of £10 to Chestnut Tree House via their Just Giving page;

This is in addition to bucket collections and a competition to be held throughout the three days. There are usually more than 5,000 guests in attendance, providing the charity with a perfect opportunity to raise funds and increase awareness.

Carolyn Robinson, Appeals Development Manager at Chestnut Tree House, said: “As 2013 is such a special year for us, we are looking for our local communities to join us in celebrating 10 years of children’s hospice care. This support from the Meadowlands Music Festival is fantastic and we are so grateful to be a part of their outstanding event.”

This year’s festival will run from Friday, May 24, to Sunday, May 26. Headline acts (to be confirmed) are British Sea Power, The Herbaliser and Laurent Garnier and visitors will be able to enjoy music from across the globe.

For tickets visit the website or for further information email

Chestnut Tree House provides a ‘home from home’ with 10 children’s bedrooms plus eight family rooms, a wet and dry play area, computer and music rooms, a multi-sensory room and hydrotherapy pool.