Chestnut Tree children’s hospice service which looks after hundreds of children with life-shortening conditions, their siblings and families, in Uckfield and surrounding areas is asking people to join their Hands Up campaign.
The care provided by Chestnut Tree in families’ own homes aims to give them the chance to live life to the full, for as much time as they have together.
But the charity says it’s not enough, because for every child with a life-shortening condition they care for in Uckfield, there is another with their hands up, waiting for their help.
Chestnut Tree is running a Hands Up! campaign to raise awareness of the charity and asks the people of Uckfield to put their Hands Up! and say “Yes, I’ll help these children”, or “Yes, I need their help.”
The cost of all care services provided by Chestnut Tree is over £3.5m a year and less than seven pence in every pound of this is funded by central government. This means that the charity has to raise a huge amount of money to be able to care for the children and families who so desperately need them.
Their charity shop located on Uckfield High Street helps to raise vital funds for the charity and relies heavily on the generosity of the local community to donate and buy goods. The shop staff are also looking for volunteers to join their friendly team.
The charity also asks the local community to please put their Hands Up! to get involved by volunteering, fundraising, participating in one of their events or simply donating to help them reach more children who desperately need their care.
Find out more about Chestnut Tree and their Hands Up! campaign by visiting www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/handsup. If you are interested in volunteering at the Uckfield shop, pop in for a chat with Angie, the shop manager, or give her a call on 01825 769912.