Chief Constable Giles York planted a sweet chestnut tree outside Malling House at the Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service joint headquarters on Monday (22 May) to mark the beginning of Children’s Hospice week and to show the Force’s support of Chestnut Tree House with a living symbol.
Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice for Sussex which provides care for around 300 children and young adults with progressive life shortening conditions. Since the hospice began to offer care services in 2003, it has received more than 1,000 referrals and accepted more than 660 children into their care.
It costs £3.5 million to provide all the care services both at the hospice and in the community in the families’ own homes, yet Chestnut Tree House receives less than seven per cent of central government funding.
Mr York said, "Supporting Chestnut Tree House this year has really opened my eyes to so much understanding. A children’s hospice is not a place of sadness but one of happiness that celebrates special lives that are sometimes tragically cut short. Planting this tree is a constant reminder for us in HQ to keep doing all we can to help."