Local business ‘Gets Festive’ for Chestnut Tree Hospice

Chestnut Tree House team. SUS-171129-124503001
Chestnut Tree House team. SUS-171129-124503001

A local business has pledged to ‘Get Festive’ and help raise vital funds for children’s charity Chestnut Tree Hospice.

Hastings Business Operations (HBO) are one of 36 groups and companies across Sussex and South East Hampshire who have signed up for the event with staff at their buildings in Hastings and Eastbourne taking part.

On Friday, December 15, companies who operate from HBO’s Creative Media Centre, Hastings and Pacific House Eastbourne will take part in a range of festive activities, including wearing Christmas jumpers and hosting a festive fundraising lunch.

Linda Jeffcoate from Hastings Business Operations said: “We are keen supporters of Chestnut Tree. The work they do caring for local children in East Sussex is amazing and we wanted to help to raise money to support that.

“Our buildings play host to a whole range of businesses so Get Festive seemed like the perfect way for everyone to get involved in whatever festive way they wanted.”

Eastbourne’s Mini Madam and Mini Gent children’s clothing store are also getting behind the campaign, hosting a Christmas Shopping event on Saturday, December 16. The store will donate £5 for every £30 spent on the day, and will hold a Christmas Bow making event. Money from each bow made will be given to Chestnut Tree House.

Chestnut Tree House cares for around 300 children who are unlikely to live to adulthood across Sussex and South East Hampshire. They offer respite and end of life care as well as ongoing care and support throughout a child’s life and beyond, both at their purpose built hospice building near Arundel and in families’ own homes.

Friday, December 15 is Get Festive Day, but local groups and businesses can choose any day from now through to Christmas to hold a festive fundraiser. Anyone interested in taking part can register by visiting: http://www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/getfestive or call 01323 725095.

Those taking part will receive a Get Festive fundraising pack, which includes ideas on unique Christmas fundraisers.