Chestnut Tree House is calling out for next year’s Night to Remember in Eastbourne.
Registrations for the event on Saturday 20 May 2017 open today (17 May), with the early bird fee of £15, instead of the regular £20.
This year, around 700 ladies from across Sussex took on the midnight walk along Eastbourne seafront, raising a whopping £76,520.79 for the children’s hospice.
Many of the ladies were adorned with flashing lights, colourful wigs and tutus but some had pulled out all the stops with fancy dress, including a couple of Oompa Loompas, Malificent, the Cheshire Cat, Minnie Mouse and a Womble. Team Florence, aka Eastbourne District General Hospital Nurses, Joy Yates, Odette Garcia and Karen Harding, donned Florence Nightingale wigs and walked the 10 miles carrying lanterns.
“We are delighted with the amount raised from this year’s event. Chestnut Tree is already caring for 300 children with life-shortening conditions across Sussex and South East Hampshire, including 55 in East Sussex (not including children in Brighton & Hove),” explains Linda Perry, Director of Children’s Services at Chestnut Tree. “But we know there are more families who need our help, which is why we are aiming to double the number of children we care for in the county.
“It costs well over £3.5 million every year to provide all of our care services, and as we reach more children this figure will increase. Less than 7% of our funding comes from central government so we rely on the money raised from events like the Night to Remember in order to continue to offer our care to the families who need it.
“We would like to thank everyone involved in the event, especially the 700 ladies who walked and 125 volunteers who gave up their Saturday night to help raise vital funds. From registering the walkers and marshalling the route to encouraging them every step of the way and handing out medals on their return, this event simply wouldn’t have been possible without our army of volunteers.
“Particular thanks also go to Sovereign Centre, Eastbourne Borough Council, Fergus Ford Photography, Tick Boom Facepainting, Blakemore Spar, Pavillion Van Hire, Winners Tool Hire, Event Medical Services, Temple Spa, The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, The Grove Experience and The English Wine Centre for their generous prize donations, Edgars Water, Sussex 4x4, Event Marshalling, Food Lover’s Delight for providing the ladies’ breakfasts and Kay Shaw and Jade Foster for providing welcome massages for the ladies on their return.”
Anyone wanting to register for next year, can do so online.