Places are filling up fast for an exclusive Arundel Castle Abseil this autumn. Organised by Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, the two-day event involves abseiling 180ft down the iconic Bake House Tower at Arundel Castle while raising vital funds for local life-limited children and their families. Places are currently full for Saturday 29 September, but there are still some available for Friday 28 September.
One of the first people to sign up to take part was Sean Carter from Worthing. Despite his fear of heights, Sean decided to take on the challenge as he wanted to give something back to Chestnut Tree House, who have been supporting his son for several years.
Sean said: “The support and specialist care that Chestnut Tree House offers local children and families is truly invaluable. The facilities like the hydrotherapy pool and multi-sensory room are fantastic, and the team are always coming up with new activities and experiences. I just really wanted to give something back to say thank you for everything they do for my son, and this abseil seemed the perfect opportunity!
“Despite being a reserve in the RAF, I am actually quite scared of heights. In fact, I am planning to do a static-line parachuting course later in the year to try to overcome my fear. I’m hoping that conquering the Arundel Castle Abseil for Chestnut Tree House first will help! My current fundraising target is £350, but I’d like to exceed this and raise £570 to pay for two hours of all Chestnut Tree House’s care services.”
Sign up now
For the chance to join Sean and be one of a limited number of people abseiling down Arundel Castle, sign up now at www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/arundelabseil. Registration costs £25 and the minimum sponsorship is £285, which will cover an hour of all Chestnut Tree House’s care costs – both at the hospice and in families’ own homes across Sussex and South East Hampshire.
“Everyone taking part will be making a difference”
Evie White, Events Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House said: “People taking on this challenge will not only be abseiling at an exclusive location, but they will be doing so knowing that the money raised will be helping us to help local children with life-shortening conditions and their families. The minimum sponsorship amount of £285 will cover our care costs for one hour, so everyone taking part really will be making a difference.
“We’d like to thank our President, Henry, Earl of Arundel and Surrey for making this exclusive abseil possible. Arundel Castle one of West Sussex’s top visitor attractions, but it is also just three miles from the hospice, so is the ideal venue for a special charity fundraiser. Spaces are filling up fast, so sign up now and get ready to take a leap for Chestnut Tree House this September.”
Chestnut Tree House opened its doors on 11 November 2003 and currently provides care and support to around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across Sussex and South East Hampshire, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes. The cost of providing this vital service is over £3.9 million per year, yet the hospice receives less than 6% central government funding so relies on the generosity and support of the local community to continue providing vital care to local children and families.