Worthing mum supports hospice after losing new born

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A WORTHING mother-of-three is raising funds for Chestnut Tree House to thank the charity for its support after the death of her newborn son.

Susan Attfield, 32, is organising a table-top sale at Worthing High School this month for the children’s hospice.

“Chestnut Tree House helped me five years ago when my son, Tommy, passed away,” said Susan.

“When he was born he was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. We didn’t know he had it, so he was a c-section at Worthing Hospital and then transferred to Sussex Royal Hospital in Brighton.”

When the family were told the devastating news that Tommy only had a short time to live, the hospital contacted Chestnut Tree House.

“He didn’t make it to Chestnut Tree House,” said Susan. “He was only ten days old.”

Although Tommy had sadly passed away, Chestnut Tree House still provided a special room so the family could be there by his side.

“When I wasn’t in there with him, the staff stayed there so he was never on his own and they played music in there for him,” said Susan.

The family were also offered their own room where Susan could take care of her daughter who was only ten months old at the time.

She said: “They also gave my other son counselling, which he really needed and they did play therapy with him.”

Following her experience, Susan has been organising fundraisers for Chestnut Tree House so it can continue its crucial service for children and their families.

“Not a lot of people know they are the only children’s hospice in Sussex. They also go out into the community and help children with life-limiting illnesses,” said Susan.

“I just want to raise as much as I can now.”

The table top sale will take place at Worthing High School in the Millennium Hall, on Saturday, November 14, from 11am to 4pm.

“The sale has all new stuff. At this time of year people can come down and find a bargain and Christmas stocking fillers. There will also be a tea and coffee area.

“A lot of companies around Worthing and in Brighton are donating prizes for our big raffle and we have a tombola.”

All money raised will go straight to Chestnut Tree House, based near Arundel.

To learn more about the charity and see how people can help, visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk

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