First published in 1978, Raymond Briggs’ original picture book, The Snowman™ will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year. In advance of this, Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice is helping this iconic and much loved character get into the party spirit by celebrating their 10-year relationship with The Snowman™ this winter, in the run-up to the charity’s 10th annual Snowman Spectacular Fundraising Ball.
The Ball, which is taking place on Saturday 2 December, takes its inspiration from The Snowman™, the picture book illustrated by Chestnut Tree House Patron, Raymond Briggs CBE.
Now in its tenth year, The Snowman™ Spectacular Fundraising Ball hopes to raise as much as possible to help the hospice continue to provide specialist care for life-limited children in Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex, and South East Hampshire.
Sarah Arnold, Head of Fundraising at Chestnut Tree House said: “We are so incredibly grateful to Raymond Briggs for allowing us to feature The Snowman in our Fundraising Ball for the last 10 years. The iconic story is loved by many, but the themes and emotions particularly resonate with us and the children and families that we care for.
“The young boy in The Snowman story gets to experience the most amazing adventure, but then he loses his new friend. But, when you think of The Snowman, it’s not the sad ending you remember. It’s the happy times they have together and this is very much what Chestnut Tree House is about – providing wonderful care, experiences, and precious memories of happy times together.”
Tickets have sold out for The Snowman™ Spectacular Fundraising Ball, but there is still a chance for people to show their support and get involved as the #SnowmanSpectacular Online Auction is open to everyone. The online auction opens on Saturday 4 November and closes at midnight on Saturday 2 December, during the Fundraising Ball. Lots include tickets to The Voice UK live show on 10 March 2018, including 4* hotel accommodation; a five-star Caribbean holiday; a radio session with Guy Lloyd at Juice 107.2; and signed Ashley Young football boots.
The Snowman™ Appearances: To celebrate 10 years of working with The Snowman™, Chestnut Tree House is taking the renowned character out and about in Sussex in the month before its Fundraising Ball. So big children (and their kids) should keep their eyes peeled for the festive favourite this November.
Dates and times of The Snowman’s appearances will be revealed on Chestnut Tree House’s social media channels. Look out for #SnowmanSpectacular on Facebook and Twitter and help a local charity raise funds and awareness for children with life-shortening conditions. The first appearances will be in Brighton on Saturday 4 November, marking the launch of the #SnowmanSpectacular Online Auction.
In addition to the Ball, The Snowman™ features in Chestnut Tree House’s 2017 Christmas Appeal, alongside Victoria and her family, who tell their story about what the charity means to them. The Snowman™ Spectacular Christmas Appeal will be running throughout November and December, and hopes to raise £116,450 – the amount needed to cover Chestnut Tree House’s care services over the Christmas holidays this year.
The Snowman™ is also the theme of a children’s Christmas card competition (closing date 24 November), which will be judged by Raymond Briggs CBE. The competition to create a snowman scene Christmas card design is open to children aged 4-12 years resident in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire. Prizes will be presented in December and the two winning designs will feature in Chestnut Tree House’s 2018 Christmas card range.
The Snowman™ Bus: Look out too for Chestnut Tree House and The Snowman™ on one of the Brighton & Hove double-decker buses this winter.
Chestnut Tree House provides care and support to around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire – both at the hospice and in their own homes. The cost of providing this vital service is over £3.5 million per year, yet the hospice receives less than 7% central government funding so relies heavily on the support of the local community to continue providing vital care to local children and families.
Text to donate: It costs just under £5 to cover all of Chestnut Tree House’s care services for one minute, and the charity needs to raise £6,850 every day. If you can spare £5 or more to help a child with a life-shortening condition this winter, just text SMAN17 followed by a space and the amount you want to donate to 70070. For example, to donate £5, text SMAN17 5 to 70070. For more information about Chestnut Tree House, visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk
To find out more about the #SnowmanSpectacular Online Auction, visit www.galabid.com/snowman