In early May, eight of ASSI’s staff took annual leave, donned gardening gloves and mucked in to help out in the garden of a local Children’s Hospice, Chestnut Tree House near Arundel, West Sussex.
The group worked well together pulling weeds, trimming hedges and barrowing mulch for the weeded areas and finished off with a well-earned cup of tea and cake!
Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice for East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and South East Hampshire and cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-shortening conditions.
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.
To help raise money for this great charity ASSI also took part, for a second time this year, in collecting items of clothing, bric a brac, books etc for Chestnut Tree House to either sell in their shops or to recycle and receive payment in return. We lost count of the number of bags we filled, but it was in the region of 40-50 bags. On average, one bag earns Chestnut Tree House approximately £30.