Horsham scouts pack bags to raise money for children’s hospice

11th Horsham United Reformed Church Scout Group supported by their Leaders and parents raised �468.99 for Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice bag-packing for Horsham Waitrose shoppers - picture submitted
11th Horsham United Reformed Church Scout Group supported by their Leaders and parents raised �468.99 for Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice bag-packing for Horsham Waitrose shoppers - picture submitted

A scouts group have raised more then £450 for the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice by packing bags for Horsham shoppers.

Before Christmas the 20 scouts from the 11th Horsham United Reformed Church Scouts group raised £468.99 by spending their Saturday morning helping busy Christmas shoppers at the Horsham Waitrose store.

The 11th Horsham Scout leader Martin Butler said: “It was great to see the scouts getting so much pleasure and enjoyment out of raising money for children less fortunate than themselves.

“Thank you to all the staff at Waitrose for welcoming us into their store and encouraging our young people to do such a great job.

“Thanks too to all the shoppers who gave so generously on the day.”

Chestnut Tree House, in Arundel, is the children’s hospice for East and West Sussex and cares for 300 children and young adults from up to the age of 19 with progressive life-shortening conditions from Sussex and South East Hampshire.

The charity offers support for the whole family including psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.

It currently costs more than £3.5m each year to fund the care services provided by Chestnut Tree House. All care is provided to families free of charge and the charity relies on donations such as the one from the scouts for its work.

For more information go to www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk