About Chestnut Tree House

We make sure that children and families who know they don’t have long together have the chance to live life to the full and say goodbye in the way that is right for them.

Since opening in 2003 we’ve cared for over 1,000 children and young people. Our care doesn’t just start and end at the hospice, we also take our services into children’s homes, helping parents and families to take a well-earned break.

At Chestnut Tree House, we know how important it is for families to make the most of every moment – spending time together and making precious memories.

We hope that The Big Hoot encourages people to come together and enjoy time with family and friends, while exploring the vibrant city of Chichester and historic town of Arundel, discovering the different owl sculptures. The money raised from The Big Hoot will help children live as full a life as possible, no matter what their condition – enabling them to access all the everyday activities that children enjoy, like splashing about in a swimming pool or hunting for bugs (or owls!) in the woods.

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What we do

300 children

are cared for each year, at the hospice and in families’ own homes.

Over £4 million

is needed every year in order to provide all of Chestnut Tree House’s care services, with only 15% of this coming from central government.


of vital hospice services for local children.

What hospice care at Chestnut Tree House looks like

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The impact we make

“The hospice came at a time when we were at our lowest. They took us under their wing, and they nurtured us back to some kind of strength. They enabled us to be able to say goodbye to Rupert, and I think that was life-changing for us.”

– Kate, who was supported by Chestnut Tree House after the death of her four month old son, Rupert. When Rupert died unexpectedly, he was brought to our special bereavement suite where his family could say goodbye in calm and beautiful surroundings.

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How you can support Chestnut Tree House

Make a donation

Your support will help local children with life-limiting conditions and their families; through the good days, the bad days, and the last days.

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Fundraise for us

Whether you’re looking for a big challenge, or want to hold a charity bake sale – there’s always something you can get involved in to help raise money for hospice care.

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Volunteer for us

Make a big difference with only a few hours! We’ve got lots of opportunities you can get involved with.

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The Owls will raise funds at Auction

The legacy of The Big Hoot continues as in September 2024, the sculptures will take centre stage at a glittering auction to raise vital funds for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

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A Wild in Art Event

Wild in Art is the leading producer of spectacular public art events which enrich, entertain, inform and connect communities – giving people of all ages a voice through art.

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