We’re the children’s hospice for East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire, and we do our very best to provide the highest level of support for children who are desperately ill. There are currently more than 300 children and young people in our care, all with progressive, life-limiting conditions, from East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire. Our hospice is a safe haven for families to spend time together, with 24 hour expert care and support on hand at no cost to them at all. Your charity Lottery membership helps us fund this.
At Chestnut Tree House, we do so much more than providing emergency and end of life, respite and palliative care, both in the hospice and in a sick child’s home. We support the entire family throughout the child’s journey right from diagnosis, providing assessment, information and expert advice to those with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Where appropriate, we also support a patient’s transition from palliative paediatric care to adult services.
We know how exhausting looking after a sick child is, both mentally and physically. It really is a 24/7 job. That’s why we offer respite care – both at the hospice and in families’ own homes – for the entire family, giving parents a chance to relax and recuperate, making siblings feel special and helping get grandparents involved. We also arrange specialist short breaks for children and their families. And of course, we offer bereavement support for those families who are coming to terms with the passing of a child.