Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice, welcomed 160 guests to Brighton’s newest attraction – British Airways i360 – to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the charity’s Pay for a Day initiative.
Suggested by local businessman Mike Holland, it lets donors pay for a whole day of Chestnut Tree House’s care services, both at the hospice and in the community, totalling £6,850. Over the last five years, this has raised £1.98 million, enough to pay for 280 days of care.
Many of the special Pay for a Day dates have been pledged by guests at the hospice’s annual Snowman Spectacular Ball, with this year’s event taking place on Saturday, December 3, at the Hilton Brighton Metropole.
David Hill, of E3 Events by Design, producing the Ball, announced that this year’s host will be Danny Pike, from BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey, and the headline sponsors will be Bloc Hotels and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. Other sponsors include Creative Pod, E3, ECE Architecture, Green People, Gusto Wines, Hilton Brighton Metropole, Oliver and Graimes, Roche Diagnostics, Signature Flights.
As well as thanking the sponsors for their support, Hugh Lowson, Chestnut Tree House’s Chief Executive, also thanked local entrepreneur Robbie Raggio for being auctioneer at the Ball.
After lunch at the Belle Vue Brighton, guests took a flight in the world’s first vertical cable car, rising to 450 feet. Linda Perry, Director of Children’s Services, said: “Guests have supported our Pay for a Day initiative and the Snowman Spectacular Ball and thanks to their generosity we have provided vital care and support to many local children and families. I would also like to thank Eleanor Harris at the i360 for inviting us today.”
For Snowman Spectacular Ball news visit thesnowmanspectacular.org.uk
and for information about Chestnut Tree House, visit chestnut–tree-house.org.uk