Two Eastbourne businesses have been recognised for their outstanding charitable work at the Chestnut Tree House Business Awards, which took place at South Lodge Hotel last Thursday (9 March).
Over 100 people attended the 2017 Chestnut Tree House Business Awards ceremony, where financial planners LawlerDavis Ltd won the award for Outstanding SME supporter and HappyJacks Softplay were grand finalists in the Outstanding Small Business category.
Hugh Lowson, Chief Executive of Chestnut Tree House said, “We created these awards as a way to recognise the many companies and individual employees who have raised significant funds for us in a variety of innovative ways. There are potentially 1,000 families with life-limited children in Sussex, and with less than 7% of our funding coming from central government, it is only through the ongoing support and generosity of our local community that we are able keep our doors open and reach out to all the children and families who need our help. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of the local businesses and individuals for everything they do to support us. The award entries this year were of a very high standard so choosing the winners was not an easy task!”
LawlerDavis Ltd has been supporting Chestnut Tree since 2015, with directors Sarah Lawler and Colin Davis adopting a varied and dedicated approach to fundraising and motivating their team to get involved. Sarah took part in the Chestnut Tree House China Trek, persevering during physical injuries to complete the challenge. She not only raised a fantastic amount, but also used it as an opportunity to increase awareness. Colin worked with Sarah to organise a successful Black and White Ball in 2015, and then went on to take part in the South Coast Challenge. Colin also recommended Chestnut Tree House as the beneficiary of Senlac Car show via his connections as a Rotarian, and has spoken at a Chestnut Tree House charity lunch, sharing his experiences of fundraising. Other members of the team have taken part in different challenges, including the Battle 10km and the Great London Swim. The total raised to date by LawlerDavis is £17,335.
For the past three years, Jaki Tompkins from Happyjacks softplay, has hosted a picnic in the park event in Eastbourne, which is free to members of the public, and children aged up to 12 years can participate in activities for a donation. Local providers like diddi-dance, little kickers, baby ballet and martial art groups get involved and the event attracts around 1,000 people. To date, HappyJacks has raised over £3,171 at the event, and has helped Chestnut Tree to reach out to local businesses and schools to raise awareness.
Hugh Lowson said, “I would like to thank everyone who entered this year’s Business Awards and for their generous support of Chestnut Tree House. We could not continue to provide our specialist care services to local children and families without their help. I would also like to thank the judges – Amanda Menahem, Tim Breden and Maarten Hoffmann, and our sponsors – Crawley Town Football Club, Creative Pod, Hiykon Pro Audio, Picture Book Films, Platinum Business Magazine, South Lodge Hotel and Sussex Promotions.”