CHILDREN with life-shortening conditions and their families were treated to a summer party.

Youngsters being cared for by Chestnut Tree House hospice were treated to lunch and entertainment at the Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne.

Families were treated to performances from singer Mark Caira, Marco the Magician, entertainer Pom Pom and the Katz line dance club.

Balloon modeller Little Twister and face painter Deborah Love added to the fun.

Karen Brailey, community team manager for Chestnut Tree House, said: “It was a wonderful event.

“We were blessed with glorious weather and a beautiful location as well as some great entertainment and food.

“Social occasions like this are so important to the children and families we care for.

“When you have a child with complex health needs, your whole day can be spent taking care of all those needs, so to have a chance to come out as a whole family and enjoy yourselves is very special.”

The event was made possible due to the support of the Hydro Hotel which gave Chestnut Tree House use of their Garden Suite and lawn area. “I would like to thank the Hydro Hotel for the use of their stunning grounds, as well as the entertainers who came along on the day and, of course, the families who joined us and made the day extra special,” said Karen.

Chestnut Tree House cares for children with life-shortening conditions across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire, both at their hospice building near Arundel and in families’ own homes across the region. They offer short break, emergency and end of life care as well as bereavement support to any family who loses a child. To find out more about the care they offer visit