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Hundreds raised for Chichester children with life-threatening illnesses

A CHARITY which cares for children with life-threatening and terminal illnesses has been given a boost by the University of Chichester.

The Sussex Snowdrop Trust, which operates across the county, received a cheque of more than £715 following donations made at the annual Christmas carol service in December.

The charity provides home nursing care and emotional counselling for sick children on being discharged from hospital as well as financial support for families.

Diana Levantine, co-chair and co-founder of the Sussex Snowdrop Trust, said: “The new range of available treatment means that unwell children now live longer, fulfilling lives.

“However, it remains difficult for the children and their families when they are come home from hospital – this is where our nurses help by providing unique care.

“We don’t receive big grants so are reliant on our community and this money raised by the University of Chichester will go directly to our nurses and care team.”

The Christmas carol service, which included classical singers and orchestras of the University, is held at Chichester Cathedral each year to raise money for nearby good causes.

The donations collected at the 2016 concert will go directly to the Snowdrop Trust’s care team and urgent financial support packages for the families of sick children.

On handing over the cheque University Vice-Chancellor Professor Clive Behagg said: “I am delighted that we are able to support the outstanding work that the Sussex Snowdrop Trust provides to families in our community.

“It is fitting that the carol concert, which brings the University together with our nearby community, should be the event which raises crucial funds for an indispensable charity.”

To find out more about the Sussex Snowdrop Trust and how it provides home care for children life-threatening and terminal illnesses visit www.thesussexsnowdroptrust.com.

Alternatively for more about how the University of Chichester supports charities and other good causes across the south of England go to www.chi.ac.uk/about-us.