This year we raised £1,950 for Chestnut Tree House at the Sussex Community Shield match which was between Sussex Senior Challenge Cup winners, Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s and Southern Combination Football League Champions, Haywards Heath Town.
Haywards Heath Town beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 to claim the Sussex Community Shield on Tuesday 7 August 2018 and the sum was presented to the children’s hospice by Paul Jeffery on behalf of Sussex County FA.
Chestnut Tree House is a children’s hospice in Sussex and South East Hampshire that cares for children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.
It currently costs over £3.9 million each year to provide all the care services from Chestnut Tree House and less than 6% of that comes from central government. Families are never charged for their care and so they rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the local community.
Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser said: “We are incredibly grateful to Sussex County Football Association for their continued support and for choosing us to benefit from their special Community Shield event.
“We need to raise £6,850 every day to pay for all the specialist care services provided by Chestnut Tree House – both at the hospice and in families’ own homes – so support like this is invaluable.”
Ken Benham, Chief Executive of the Sussex County FA, added: “We are absolutely delighted and proud to have raised £1,950 for our charitable partners, Chestnut Tree House.
“We would like to thank the local business’ that supported the event and the fans who contributed to the fundraising by taking part in the activities of the evening – It was a great occasion and a fantastic way to kick-off the Sussex football season!”
For further information about Chestnut Tree House, please contact the charity:
Chestnut Tree House
T: 01903 871800