Take Swim Challenge For Children’s Hospice

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In November, people of all ages took part in an annual Sponsored Swim, which has been held by Rottingdean & Saltdean Lions Club for over 25 years.

The 2017 event raised £1,250 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, and now the Lions Club are calling for swimmers in and around Brighton to sign up for this year’s event, which is taking place on Sunday 18 November 2018 at Roedean School.

Everyone is welcome to take part, from schools and groups of friends to community organisations and businesses. Teams can fundraise for their chosen cause, and a percentage of all the money raised will go to Chestnut Tree House to help local children with life-shortening conditions and their families. Last year’s top fundraising team was ‘Scor!’, made up of schoolchildren Stan Knight, Oliver Francis, Raf Knight and Charlie Francis, who raised £709.

Jo Moss, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “We are so grateful to Rottingdean & Saltdean Lions Club for their ongoing support. They have been supporting us with their Sponsored Swim initiative since 2007, and it’s great to see so many people get involved.

“It costs £6,850 every day to provide all our specialist care services at the hospice and in families’ own homes. We rely heavily on the generosity and support of the local community, so events like this are invaluable to us, in terms of raising both awareness and funds.”

In its 15th birthday year, Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice wants to inspire everyone to make every moment count. The money raised from this Sponsored Swim will help the charity to help families live for today, for tomorrow, for the Now.

Jo Moss said: “On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House, I would like to thank Rottingdean & Saltdean Lions Club, and everyone who has taken part in their Sponsored Swim over the last 11 years. We would like to encourage everyone to get involved in this year’s event as every pound raised makes a real difference.”

Chestnut Tree House opened its doors on 11 November 2003 and currently provides care and support to around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across Sussex and South East Hampshire – both at the hospice and in families’ 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 generosity and support of the community to continue providing vital care to children and families.

For an entry pack or to find out more about the Sponsored Swim on 18 November, contact Ian Christie on 01273 960437 or ian_christie@yahoo.co.uk.