Last week, 70 people attended a Garden Party hosted by Polegate resident Gill Chapple, and raised £879 for Chestnut Tree children’s hospice.
Gill was joined by friends who laid on tea and cakes along with a raffle, fundraising games and a plant sale. They were joined by the St Lawrence Hand Bell Ringers from Bexhill who entertained the crowd.
Care Support Worker Jackie Baker from Chestnut Tree spoke about the work the charity does in the local area. “We care for children with life-shortening conditions across East and West Sussex as well as South-East Hampshire” she said. “We have a purpose built hospice near Worthing and we also have a community team based in Eastbourne. We visit children at home, offering regular respite, crisis and end-of-life care and we also have a programme of activities throughout the year that allow local children and families to come together in a supported environment.”
Gill regularly fundraises and volunteers for the charity, something that has become a passion of hers. “I enjoy it” she says. “I only do what I want to do but I get a lot of pleasure out of raising money for Chestnut Tree. I am amazed at the amount we raised, and just feel so blessed to be able to give something back.”
Chestnut Tree’s Community Fundraiser Abigail Harley commented, “The majority of the work we do is funded by the local community. We only receive 7% of our funding from central Government, so events like this garden party are absolutely vital to allowing us to continue caring for local children. We would like to say a huge thank you to Gill and her band of volunteers who have gone the extra mile to raise a phenomenal amount.”