Hospice hosts business breakfast

The Chestnut Tree House team at Cissbury House Hotel
The Chestnut Tree House team at Cissbury House Hotel

Over 80 people attended the Horsham business networking breakfast hosted by Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex, on ThursdayMay 5.

Attendees from a large range of local businesses met to learn about the work of the hospice in the community.

Guests included representatives from British Airways, Gatwick Airport and Thales. The event was supported by Cisswood House Hotel, who provided a delicious full English cooked breakfast.

After introductions from the hospice’s Patron, Ambrose Harcourt, guests were welcomed by CEO, Hugh Lowson, and heard a moving account of the care provided by the hospice to local children and families from Linda Perry, Director of Children’s Services.

Matt Turner, local business entrepreneur, Director of Creative Pod and ambassador for Chestnut Tree House, then gave a motivational, enthusiastic and amusing speech about how working with the charity has had a very positive impact for his company and his staff. He also offered to support other businesses with ideas on how they too could benefit from working in partnership with Chestnut Tree House.

Hugh said: “It was great to see so many Crawley and Horsham businesses come along to find out more about the care Chestnut Tree House provides, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes, and our plans to reach more children and families in the Horsham and Crawley area.”

Chestnut Tree House provides care and support to around 300 children with life- shortening conditions - and their families - across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.

The cost of providing this care is over £3.5million a year, yet the hospice receives less than 7% central government funding so relies heavily on the support of the local community and events like this to continue providing vital care to local children and families.

To find out how your company could get involved and help your local children’s hospice, why not come along to the next business networking breakfast on Thursday July 14 at Goodwood House, near Chichester? Book now at www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/breakfast