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Major anniversaries for two Sussex hospices
4:50pm Saturday 9th February 2013 in News
Hospice teams are preparing to mark two major anniversaries this year.
St Barnabas House in Worthing is celebrating its 40th birthday while Chestnut Tree House children's hospice near Arundel is 10 years old.
Both hospices are run by the same management team and fundraisers are hoping to get as many people as possible involved in the celebrations.
St Barnabas, which recently moved into a new home in Titnore Lane, cares for patients across Worthing and the Arun and Adur areas.
The children's hospice looks after children and their families from all over Sussex.
One of the events planned for the 40th anniversary is a party for 40 couples who are also celebrating their 40th anniversaries this year.
The anniversaries could also possibly extend to a business, club or a school that has been around since 1973.
Anyone interested in taking part should call the hospice fundraising team It costs more than £5 million each year to run St Barnabas and only a small portion of these costs are state funded.
This means the majority of the money has to be raised through voluntary donations.
The children's hospice is urging people to take part in its Chestnut's Run Challenge as part of its 10th birthday celebrations.
The challenge invites all runners, both beginner and experienced, to sign up and includes runs all over the south of England throughout the year.
This includes the Eastbourne Half Marathon, Brighton Marathon, London Marathon, the BUPA 10,000 and the Chestnut Tree House 10k Coastal Run in Littlehampton.
Organisers are hoping the challenge will raise more than £25,000 in 2013.
Events and fundraising administrative assistant Hilary Cox has volunteered to run 10 runs this year, including six of the challenge races.
Ms Cox, 42, from Goring, said: “Working at the hospice myself, I see on a daily basis the families who get so much out of everything the hospice provides.
“In short, I am running three marathons, three half marathons, three 10ks and a 10 miler. Two of the marathons are just a week apart so wish me luck.”
For more details about the anniversaries, visit www.stbh.org.uk or call 01903 254777 or 01903 706355.
To sponsor Ms Cox, visit www.justgiving.com/Hilary-Cox10BirthdayRaces.
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