Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice

What is the Big Get Together?

It’s an opportunity to Get Together with your friends or family and have some fun – and one of the easiest ways to raise money for local children’s hospice care. Chestnut Tree House has joined up with other hospices across the South East to invite you to be part of The Big Get Together in October; all you have to do is ask your guests to make a donation that will go straight towards providing children’s hospice care in your local community. You could invite the family around for a barbeque; hold a cocktails and canapés evening; watch films and eat pizza in your PJs; dance like divas or simply raise the roof with a good old-fashioned gossip; you can be as sophisticated or silly as you like!


Why should I hold my own Big Get Together?

Because all money raised at your Big Get Together goes straight to Chestnut Tree House. But the best part is you decide what sort of hospice-tality you offer, it couldn’t be easier! It could be the perfect way to celebrate a special person, or a special date, or simply a good excuse to get your family and friends together and have some fun.

When should I hold my Big Get Together?

Well, that’s up to you too! You can join thousands of other people and hold your gathering in October, during Hospice Care Week (9-15 October), or simply choose a date that works for you and your guests.

So – sign up and get your pack full of ideas and inspiration today!


About Chestnut Tree House

Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice service for East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire. Each year, we look after hundreds of local children with life-shortening conditions, their siblings and families, giving them the chance to live life to the full – for as much time as they have together.

Chestnut Tree House offers children and families specialist short breaks at the hospice as well as care in their own homes, allowing parents and carers to take a well-earned break from the round-the-clock responsibilities of caring for a sick child.

We also offer support to the entire family. From advice and information through to play therapy and counselling, our Care Team is there with a helping hand whenever and wherever it is needed.

And, when the time comes, we are there to support the whole family with specialist medical care and bereavement support at the end of the child’s life, giving them the opportunity to say goodbye in their own time and way, wherever that might be.

It costs over £3.5 million each year to provide all our care services, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes, yet we receive less than 7% central government funding so rely heavily on the support of our local community. Together we can make every day count –the good days, the bad days and the last days.

Click here to see how your support can help us.

How Your Support Helps

Your support really will make a difference and help us provide hospice care to more local children with life-shortening illnesses and support for their families.

  • £6,850 will provide for one day of all care services at Chestnut Tree House – this is the amount we have to raise every day.
  • £230 gives a child the chance to visit CTH for the day for a “Stay and Play” session. They will be able to enjoy our facilities and a range of activities whilst giving mum and dad a break from the daily care.
  • £195 allows a member of our Community Team to provide a few hours specialist nursing care and symptom management for a life-limited child in the child’s home, allowing the parents or carers to spend quality time together.
  • £50 will give a child the opportunity to spend an hour benefiting from a swim in our hydrotherapy pool.

Thank you.

How to Pay your money in

There are several ways to pay in the money you and your guests raise from your Big Get Together:

Send a cheque made payable to ‘Chestnut Tree House’ along with a note of your name and address to:

The Big Get Together
Chestnut Tree House
Dover Lane
Nr Arundel
West Sussex
BN18 9PX

Call us on 01903 871820 and pay in using your credit or debit card

Pay the money raised in via your JustGiving page, if you created one

Please don’t send any cash through the post.