After many, many months of organising,Thursday 31st May 2018 saw the Chestnut Tree House Charity Quiz Night take place at The Tally Ho Lounge Bar in Eastbourne old town.


Jessica Shale
Jessica Shale
Associate - Private Client Services

After attending a fantastic charity quiz night back in February hosted by my fellow private client colleagues at MW Hove in aid of The Rockinghorse Charity, I was inspired by their success and decided I would set myself a challenge to organise a quiz night of my own.

It was an easy decision to raise money in aid of Chestnut Tree House, a fantastic local charity dedicated to caring for children who are unlikely to live until adulthood and their families. They offer respite, crisis and end of life care at their hospice building near Arundel and in families’ own homes across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.  Their care costs are over £3.5 million each year and they receive less than 7% of their funding from central government and so they rely heavily on local fundraising events. 

The Team at MW Eastbourne maintain a great relationship with Chestnut Tree House and I have been to a number of their networking events which are not only a great way for me to make business contacts but also incredibly educational and inspiring.  It was at these networking events that I learnt of how Chestnut Tree House needs people like us to keep them going. 

Chestnut Tree and MW

The support I received from the community was second to none, with 10 teams made up of local businesses eager to donate or provide raffle prizes for the event.  Special thanks to Quizmaster Ryan who agreed to donate his time to the evening and kept all the guests entertained with his enthusiasm for the evening remained apparent throughout.

I was blown away by the response I received from the local community and soon had over 30 raffle prizes generously donated by a variety of businesses in the area.  We sold over 700 raffle tickets sold and I was absolutely delighted to announce that the grand total raised was almost £850.  We even managed a last minute auction for a raffle prize won by one of the Close Brothers’ team who decided that the charity deserved the money more!

I would like to thank each and every agent and business that participated in the evening and made it possible for us to raise such an amazing amount of money for such a fantastic charity.  I would also like to thank my colleagues at the MW Eastbourne for their ongoing support and help, especially Danielle Hemming and Lisa Treleven who took time out of their day and evening last Thursday and helped make sure that the evening was a success.

Thanks to the participating teams from MW Eastbourne, Chestnut Tree House, Close Brothers, Arbonne, Protea Financial Services, Lodestone Financial, APlan, Suchila Pang, Homesprite and Robbins Financial.

Thanks to everyone who donated Raffle prizes including; Medikids, Polegate Podiatry & Health Clinic, Scarlets Beauty Rooms, Relax Therapy, Annie Cheadle Yoga, IKlean Domestic Services, K9 Connect, Beauty Ninjas, Arbonne, Love Yoga & Massage, Younique, Creature Comforts, Two Bulls Steakhouse, Pacific House, Mr & Mrs B’s Seriously Buzzin Hot Sauce, The Secret Wardrobe, The Daisy Clinic, Amethyst Light, Hastings Adventure Golf, Pebbles & Paintpots, Halo, Hpynotix Hypnotherapy, TAG Cards & Crafts, Jo Kilmartin Mobile Hairdresser, Melanie Wight Hair Stylist, Suchila Pang, The Beauty Boutique, True Nails, Anthea Pienaar and Cale Sinfield.

After such a successful evening, I can honestly say that I am very much looking forward to arranging further charitable events in aid of Chestnut Tree House in the future.

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