Sussex CCC will be making a very special charity visit tomorrow as they drop in at the Chestnut Tree House near Arundel, which is the only children’s hospice in Sussex.
Coach Mark Robinson will take members of his Sussex squad to visit the hospice, which is a home away from home for sick children and their families. They care for children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from all over the county.
Completed in 2003, the hospice provides a homely environment with ten children's bedrooms plus eight family rooms, a wet and dry play area, computer and music rooms, and a multi sensory room and hydrotherapy pool. The house is set in beautiful gardens within an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The players will be hoping to put a smile on the face of the children who they visit at the hospice, and Mark said of the day “It’s great that we are in a position to make visits like these. We hope the children will enjoy the players coming to visit them and we really want to make a difference at the hospice”.
"We all know that children love to meet their heroes and it’s amazing how only a small visit like this can make such a big impact on their lives”, he added.
There are potentially 400 families with life-limited children in Sussex. Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family including psychological support, care in bereavement therapy, end of life and respite care and sibling support.
The hospice costs over £2 million per year to run. Families are not charged for their care and the hospice receives very little government funding so it relies almost entirely on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.
The Sussex players are preparing for their home games at Arundel which start on Wednesday, and the Ladies of Sussex CCC are also organising a charity event in aid of the Chestnut Tree House. They will be hosting afternoon tea at the Friends Provident t20 game between Sussex Sharks and Surrey Lions at Arundel on Sunday 11th July at a cost of £30 to include admission to the match. Call 0844 264 0201 for more details or visit www.sussexcricket.co.uk
If anyone would like further information on any aspect of the work of Chestnut Tree House please call 0845 450 5820.