Single released to raise funds for Chestnut Tree children’s hospice

Singer and actress Maddi Cryer and hit songwriter Valerie Avon who have released a single to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

A charity single ‘We’ll all watch the Wizard of Oz’ has been released to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

It features actress and singer Maddi Cryer who has joined up with hit songwriter Valerie Avon. Both are long term supporters of the work of the hospice which is for children from Sussex and South East Hampshire.

‘We’ll all watch the Wizard of Oz’ can be downloaded via Amazon if you search for Maddi Cryer. Fifty per cent of the proceeds will go to the hospice.


Maddi began singing aged 16 and has impersonated other singers on many television shows, and played acting roles in series such as Dr Who, and Lightfields.

Valerie has written songs for stars such as Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, and The Shadows, for which she received an Ivor Novello Award.


She also wrote ‘Long Live Love’ sung by Olivia Newton John in the 1974 Eurovision Contest. It came fifth after Abba’s Waterloo.

Chestnut Tree House community fund-raiser Caroline Roberts-Quigley said: “On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House I’d like to say a big thank you to Maddi and Valerie for their amazing support.


“The pandemic has had a huge impact on our funding, as it has done on all charities – our fund-raising income dropped by 70% when we had to close all our shops, and all events were postponed or cancelled.

“Things are starting to improve now, but we still need our community’s support. Without people like you, hospice care wouldn’t be possible. Thank you.’

• Chestnut Tree House has a charity shop in Uckfield High Street which reopened yesterday after the lockdown and is stocked with Christmas fare.

• Contact details for Chestnut Tree House can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Charities or Hospices.

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