About Chestnut Tree House children's Hospice

With your help we’re providing the very best care and changing lives

Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice for East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire. We are currently caring for more than 300 local children and young people, all with life-shortening and life-threatening illnesses.

Girl and nurse reading a book and playing with fibre optic in the hospice mutli-sensory room

The multi-sensory room is designed to stimulate all five senses, this room’s bubbles, tubes, sound, fibre optics, and more make it a safe, calm environment to be appreciated by all.

Our hospice is a safe haven for families to spend time together at the most difficult times they will ever face. We provide emergency and end of life and palliative care, both in the hospice and in families’ own homes.

But that’s not all. We support the entire family throughout the child’s journey from diagnosis onwards, providing assessment, information and expert advice for families who really need it. And of course, we offer bereavement support for those families who are coming to terms with the passing of a child.

We know how exhausting looking after a sick child can be, both mentally and physically. That’s why we also offer respite care for the entire family.

It gives parents a chance to relax and recuperate, makes siblings feel special and helps get grandparents involved. We also arrange specialist short breaks for children and their families who need a change of scene.

By playing our Lottery, you are helping to pay for the expert care and loving support we provide for desperately ill children and their families.

Swimming sessions in our hydrotherapy pool are relaxing and help to relieve pain.

At Chestnut Tree House we provide a range of therapeutic facilities and activities including a multi-sensory room, hydrotherapy pool, music room, play and creative arts therapy and computer room.

Chestnut Tree House care staff standing inside the hospice

Our community team consists of specially trained nurses and care support workers who visit families in their own homes. The variety of offers they offer includes clinical nursing care, end of life care, emotional support and short break care so that parents can take a much-needed break.

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Featured Story

Charlie’s story

12-year-old Charlie has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, both the result of being born at 32 weeks. Chestnut Tree House has been supporting Charlie and his family for five years, helping them spend quality time together.

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