A Bath Race to aid two great local charities

The Great Sussex Bath race is raising money for two fantastic local charities. Some information about them is below with links to their websites. The event aims to raise £20,000 each year, of which the charities will each receive 50%. The main way that you can contribute towards the event is by sponsoring a team.

Chestnut Tree House

Hugh Lowson - Director St Barnabas HospicesWe are delighted that The Great Sussex Bath Race has chosen to support Chestnut Tree House for the fifth year running.  Last year’s event was a tremendous success and funds raised make a real difference to the children and families who need the care only Chestnut Tree House can provide.  I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved and encourage anyone who wants to have a great day messing about on the water whilst raising funds for local sick children to sign up today!

Hugh Lowson, Chief Executive at St Barnabas Hospices

Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and cares for children and young adults from 0-25 years of age with progressive life-limiting conditions from Sussex and South East Hampshire. Completed in 2003, the hospice provides a ‘home from home’ environment with 10 children’s bedrooms plus eight family rooms, a wet and dry play area, computer and music rooms, a multi sensory room and hydrotherapy pool. The hospice costs £3.5 million per year to run. Families are never charged for their care and less than 8p in every pound is funded by the government, so they rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.

– £1,500 –

Will allow our Community Team to host a Family Day for 20 families, providing a range of activities and information for the whole family to enjoy.

– £150 –

Will allow a family of four to benefit from an overnight stay in one of our Family Rooms whilst their child is cared for by our specially trained nurses.

– £50 –

Will give a child the opportunity to spend an hour benefiting from a swim in our hydrotherapy pool.

– £15 –

Will buy a DVD to enable the children to enjoy the latest movies.


Registered charity number: 256789


Maggie Ellis Profile Picture“The Great Sussex Bath Race has been a huge success over the last 4 years. It is great fun for the teams and their supporters and raises much needed funds for Lifecentre’s vulnerable clients – many of them children, some as young as 4 – who have all suffered sexual abuse. The £16,000 raised last year has made such a difference to so many lives. Wouldn’t it be great if the 2017 Race was even bigger with more teams and more lives saved. Why not enter a team, have fun and do good?”

Maggie Ellis, Lifecentre Founder and Director

Lifecentre is the only charity in West Sussex specialising in supporting men, women and child survivors of sexual abuse and rape, their supporters and families. Sexual abuse has devastating effects, blighting individuals, relationships and prospects. Some can’t sleep or are plagued by nightmares and flashbacks; half have thought about suicide; others overeat or self-harm to make themselves unattractive; or turn to drink or drugs to block out painful memories. Simple pleasures such as going out, meeting friends, shopping, school, work become difficult or impossible. Lifecentre helps survivors return to healthier, more productive and fulfilling lives.

– £1,500 –

Will provide 50 additional counselling sessions, any one of which could help save a life.

– £150 –

Will fund our helplines for 3 nights.

– £50 –

Will fund the first face to face meeting with a new client to hear their story and find out their needs.

– £15 –

Will buy two weeks of tissues (a lot of tears are shed) and client teas and coffees.


Registered charity number: 1127779