Chest­nut Tree House

Giv­ing the chil­dren time to be chil­dren

West Sussex Gazette - - SOCIAL DIARY - By Cathy Stone clin­i­cal di­rec­tor

The be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary has been a busy time at Chest­nut Tree House. Af­ter paint­ing with chop­sticks for Chi­nese New Year on Fe­bru­ary 5, the ac­tiv­i­ties team then started get­ting ready for Valen­tine’s Day. From dec­o­rat­ing pa­per hearts and mak­ing cards to sen­sory-based ac­tiv­i­ties, there has been some­thing for ev­ery­one to get in­volved in. The chil­dren have also been taken out to visit lo­cal at­trac­tions, like the Arun­del Wet­land Cen­tre.

Ac­tiv­i­ties like these are a mas­sive part of Chest­nut Tree House – giv­ing chil­dren lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in­volved.

It gives them time and safe spa­ces to en­joy them­selves and just be chil­dren.

And it is won­der­ful to see them smil­ing, cre­at­ing things, ex­plor­ing, and hav­ing fun.

Our fam­i­lies of­ten tell us how im­por­tant Chest­nut Tree House is to them, and I’d like to share one of those fam­ily’s sto­ries with you. As with­out your on­go­ing sup­port, we wouldn’t be able to be there for chil­dren like Oliver.

Oliver’s mum told us: “Oliver has al­ways missed out on things. Lit­tle things, like bouncy cas­tles and swings at the park, and big things like trips to theme parks, and it can make him re­ally frus­trated. Chest­nut Tree House has given him the chance to do things – speed­boat trips, trips to Knock­hatch Ad­ven­ture Park, swim­ming in the hy­drother­apy pool to name a few – and it re­ally has made a dif­fer­ence.”

Thank you for help­ing us to be here for fam­i­lies like Oliver’s.

Re­sults from St Barn­abas Hospice Lot­tery Draw 736 Fe­bru­ary 8:

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