Bexhill eateries take Chestnut Tree Challenge

West Station staff members Susie Johnson, Vicky Stallard, Ellie Bossom SUS-150911-140104001

West Station staff members Susie Johnson, Vicky Stallard, Ellie Bossom SUS-150911-140104001

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Three Bexhill businesses have put their Hands Up! to help reach more children with life-shortening conditions in East Sussex by taking part in the Chestnut Tree House Restaurant Challenge.

Coffee in Style, Terminus Road, the Wheatsheaf Inn, Barnhorn Road and the West Station, Terminus Road, are taking part in the challenge throughout November. The local eateries are offering a warm welcome, delicious food and fantastic service with each diner being offered an optional £1 donation to Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice added to their bill. These small donations will help raise vital funds for the charity which is based in Arundel, West Sussex.

Vicky Stallard, staff member at the West Station said the reasons for taking part in the challenge are simple.“To help raise awareness and it’s a cause very close to my heart, having lost family members myself to illnesses.”

Charlie Weeks, Community Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House East Sussex says the hospice currently cares for 55 children in East Sussex, both in their homes and at the hospice itself, adding: “But we know there are more who need our help. At Chestnut Tree House our goal is to provide the best quality of life for children, young people and their families, and to offer a total package of practical, social and spiritual support throughout each child’s life, however short it may be.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to each of the businesses for putting their ‘Hands Up’ to help, we really appreciate everything they are doing.”

For more information about Chestnut Tree’s Restaurant Challenge and for more ideas on how to help the hospice visit the website at: www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk.

Chestnut Tree House provides specialist palliative care services to 300 children and young people aged 0-19 years with life-shortening conditions in East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire. The services offered include assessment, advice and information for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions, emergency care, and end of life care.