A Sussex-based charity is aiming for one runner for each of the 300 children it cares for to raise funds at next year’s Brighton Marathon. Chestnut Tree House has been named as the official local charity partner for next year’s race. It is the only children's hospice in East and West Sussex caring for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening illnesses.
Hugh Lowson, Chief Executive of Chestnut Tree House, said, “The 2015 partnership with Brighton Marathon will make a huge difference to the hospice. There are more than 1,000 children in East and West Sussex with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Chestnut Tree House currently cares for 300 of these children. Our goal is to reach more children and families and offer the care and support that they so desperately need - there are very many families in West Sussex and especially in East Sussex that Chestnut Tree House is not reaching.
“We hope that the Brighton Marathon charity partnership in 2015 will help us to encourage even more people to run for Chestnut Tree House, their local children’s hospice. We would love to see a team of 300 runners for Chestnut Tree House, one runner for each child we are currently caring for.”
The charity offers support for the whole family and care is provided at the hospice and in children’s own homes. It costs more than £3m a year to run Chestnut Tree House. Families are never charged for their care and less than 8p in every pound spent by Chestnut Tree House comes from central government.
Chestnut Tree House has charity places available now for the 2015 Brighton Marathon and supports its runners with help and advice for training and fundraising, special pre- and post-event events and an eye-catching Chestnut Tree House running vest.
To sign up, call the Events Team on 01903 706355 or visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk to help Chestnut Tree House.