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Chestnut Tree House chosen as our charity for pyjama week

At Puddle Ducks we have a pyjama week every term so that all our swimmers gain a vital understanding of water safety, and know how it feels should they ever fall into the water fully dressed. Once a year we also raise money for charity. All the local Puddle Ducks franchises pick a local charity, and aim to raise funds through sponsorships, donations, and other fundraising including raffles. Last year we raised over £50k nationally, and here in Hampshire and West Sussex we would love to help make this our biggest year ever. Pyjama week will be running from the 16th to 21st October. 

We are delighted to announce that we will once again be supporting Chestnut Tree House Hospice. They do incredible work, and provide a vital service for local families, and I’m sure you will all agree are incredibly worthy of being this year’s recipient of our fundraising.

Chestnut Tree House is a children’s charity providing hospice care services and community support for children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions throughout East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and South East Hampshire.

There are potentially 1,000 families with life-limited children in Sussex. Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family including psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.

It currently costs well over £3.5m each year to provide all the care services provided by Chestnut Tree House. Families are never charged for their care and less than 7p in every pound is funded by the government, so they rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.

At Chestnut Tree House their goal is to provide the best quality of life for children, young people and their families, and to offer a total package of practical, social and spiritual support throughout each child’s life, however short it may be.

This lovely story helps to illustrate the incredibly important work the staff at Chestnut Tree House do on a daily basis, and I’m sure you will all want to join us in digging deep to help others like Caleb and his family.

If you would like to support us in our fundraising efforts, please download a sponsorship form here, and keep an eye out for announcements about our raffle. We will also be collecting donations poolside during the pyjama week. If you prefer, you can just purchase raffle tickets or collect sponsorship money directly to our justgiving site here. Just make sure you state "raffle" if you are purchasing tickets, and if you are collecting sponsorship money make sure the donor puts your child's name agaiinst the donation so we can allocate money for the competition!