Introducing… Chestnut Carpool Karaoke

Chesney and Matt b'day frame

Matt Turner, CEO of Crawley-based marketing agency, Creative Pod, has supported Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in a number of ways over the past few years. As one of the charity’s 15th birthday Patrons in 2018, he wanted to do something a bit different to mark the 15 years Chestnut Tree House has provided hospice care for children and families in Sussex and South East Hampshire, so came up with a unique way to help raise awareness and funds – Chestnut Carpool Karaoke.

Working closely with Chestnut Tree House, and with the permission of CBS and The Late Late Show, Matt set about recreating James Corden’s famous concept, with a charity twist. The first Chestnut Carpool Karaoke was released on 11 May and features fellow Chestnut Tree House 15th birthday Patron, the ‘One and Only’ Chesney Hawkes, as well as 12 year-old Charlie, who has been supported by the charity for five years.

Matt is planning to create more Chestnut Carpool Karaoke videos during the year, and each will include a text-to-donate and Just Giving link. The aim is to spread the word about Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in a fun way, helping to raise awareness and vital funds.

Matt Turner said: “I was honoured to be asked to be one of Chestnut Tree House’s 15th birthday Patrons, and really wanted to do something different to make more people aware of the incredible work they do.

“I’m hoping to raise £6,850 from Chestnut Carpool Karaoke, which is enough to cover the care costs of Chestnut Tree House for 24 hours, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes.

“Donating £5 will pay for one minute of Chestnut Tree House’s specialist care services, so everyone really can make a difference. I’m hoping people will be inspired by the videos and help me to help Chestnut Tree House, so that they can continue to support local children with life-shortening conditions.”

Watch the first Chestnut Carpool Karaoke here.

Find out more and donate at www.justgiving.com/chestnutcarpool

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