Chestnut Tree House to benefit from pub’s fundraisers

Chef Sam Walker and his colleagues at The Royal Oak, in Lagness, have chosen to support Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice at future fundraisers after seeing how much charities in general have been affected by the Cover-19 pandemic.

Sam said staff and regulars at the Pagham Road establishment have discussed a number of fundraising ideas to boost the Arundel hospice’s coffers.

He said: “The work they do at Chestnut Tree House is absolutely fantastic and we all agreed that it is such a deserving cause that we should try to help where we can.

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“We’ve got a few ideas up our sleeve and have already got a collection tin.

Chef Sam Walker and his colleagues at The Royal Oak, in Lagness, have chosen to rise money for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice

“We hope we can make raise lots of money over the coming weeks and months.”

Pub manager Kay Murray said the fact that The Royal Oak, Lagness sponsors Bognor Regis Town FC gives them hope that they can arrange a charity football match at some point at the club’s Nyewood Lane ground.

She said: “Along with a quiz night, it’s just one idea we have had and I’m sure there are many others we can come up with to help the hospice and support the tremendous care they provide.

“It’s clear the pandemic has made an impact on fundraising so there has never been a better time to try to help out.”

Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family including psychological and bereavement support, end-of-life and short break care and sibling support.

It currently costs over £4million each year and as families are never charged for their care and less than 6p in every pound is funded by the government, the charity relies heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of West Sussex.

Sarah Colbourne, head of fundraising at the children’s hospice, said: “When the coronavirus crisis struck, our monthly fundraising income plummeted by 70 per cent due to events being cancelled and the closure of our shops.

“Although constraints are easing and we have been overwhelmed by the support from our local community, we still need help to make up the shortfall so that we can continue providing vital hospice care, now and in the future.”

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