Last month, Southern Combination Football League Champions, Haywards Heath Town beat Sussex Senior Challenge Cup winners, Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s 1-0 to claim the Sussex Community Shield. But this wasn’t the only win on the night, as £1,950 was raised for Chestnut Tree House.
Kicking off the Sussex football season, the event included a variety of fundraising activities, including a raffle, with all proceeds going to Chestnut Tree House.
A cheque was presented by Paul Jeffery, and Ken Benham, Chief Executive of the Sussex County FA, said: “We are absolutely delighted and proud to have raised £1,950 for our charitable partners, Chestnut Tree House.
“We would like to thank the local business’ that supported the event and the fans who contributed to the fundraising by taking part in the activities of the evening – It was a great occasion and a fantastic way to kick-off the Sussex football season!”
Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “We are incredibly grateful to Sussex County Football Association for their continued support and for choosing us to benefit from their special Community Shield event.
“We need to raise £6,850 every day to pay for all the specialist care services provided by Chestnut Tree House – both at the hospice and in families’ own homes – so support like this is invaluable. The amount raised at the Community Shield match will pay for over six hours of all care services at the hospice, which is amazing. Thank you.”