Vintage tea to celebrate 15 years of hospice care

Around 100 people attended a special vintage afternoon tea at Chestnut Tree House last week.

Held to celebrate the hospice’s 15th birthday, guests at the event included Caroline Nicholls, High Sheriff of West Sussex; charity Patrons and Trustees; and a selection of people who were involved in establishing Chestnut Tree House between 1997 and 2003.

Lifetime Chestnut Tree House Patron, Ambrose Harcourt, hosted the afternoon tea, and thanked the long list of people and local businesses who helped support the event.

Ambrose went on to talk about his memories of Chestnut Tree House and how he felt when he first got involved with the charity in the late 1990s.

Hugh Lowson, CEO of Chestnut Tree House, also spoke about the history of the hospice, recalling some of his early memories. But he went on to talk about the future and how the charity needs to continue reaching out and helping more children and families in Sussex and South East Hampshire.

Guests also heard from a parent, Victoria Ramm, who spoke about what Chestnut Tree House means to her and her family. Victoria and her husband sadly lost two of their daughters, and spent precious time with them at the hospice, making memories. She thanked all the guests at the event for continuing to support Chestnut Tree House, and expressed just how important the charity is to local families.

Victoria and Lewis Ramm

Chestnut Tree House would like to thank the following people for supporting the event:

  • Brighton Hilton Metropole for loaning tablecloths
  • The Flower Shop, Littlehampton for donating flowers for the tables
  • Greater Brighton Metropolitan College for making sandwiches and providing service during the event
  • The Lickfold Inn for donating some cheesecakes
  • South Lodge Hotel for making a special themed birthday cake
  • Seven Cellars for donating prosecco for the toast
  • Tregothnan for donating tea and jam

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