Sussex estate agents turn to gardening to support Chestnut Tree House

Thu 23 Jun 2016

A group of 15 estate agents put property to one side and turned to gardening last week in order to support local charity Chestnut Tree House.

Staff from Leaders spent a day at the children’s hospice near Arundel carrying out a range of tasks, including mowing, pruning, cleaning and weeding. They managed to raise a total of £500 in sponsorship for their efforts.

Claire Weston, area manager for Sussex at Leaders, organised the event for the second year running and believes it was the perfect way for staff to show their appreciation for the hospice and the people who work so hard to make it a comfortable place for children living with life-limiting conditions.

“Volunteers from our branches across Sussex were quick to give up their time and everybody had a great day,” she says.

“We were all delighted to be able to help out in the hospice’s beautiful gardens. We went home sweaty, muddy and wet, but it was all worth it to leave the grounds looking even better than when we arrived.”

“Chestnut Tree House is an inspirational place and as part of Leaders’ charity partnership with Together for Short Lives, we have had the privilege of being able to witness the work it does up close. We look forward to raising more money for this fabulous cause in the second half of 2016.”

Together for Short Lives supports all 54 children’s hospices across the UK, including Chestnut Tree House.

Terrina Barnes, corporate fundraising manager for Chestnut Tree House, says: “We are extremely grateful for the fantastic support of Leaders and their employees for giving up their time and really getting stuck in to their day of gardening. Children, siblings and families really enjoy making use of our beautiful grounds and gardens at the house, including our stunning Woodland Walk.

“It costs well over £3.5 million each year to provide all our care services. Families are never charged for their care and the hospice receives less than seven per cent funding from central government, so we rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the local business community, many of whom support us through corporate volunteering as well as fundraising.

“The support of Leaders and Together for Short Lives is also helping us to raise awareness of our services, enabling us to reach even more children and families in need of our support.”

Leaders named Together for Short Lives as its Charity of the Year in 2015 and raised £45,000 for it last year. It is aiming to raise a further £50,000 in 2016.

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