Charities and their Projects

The Olive Tree Cancer Support CentreThe Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre

(Registered Charity No. 1017858)

The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is an independent charity providing a range of support to cancer patients, their carers and families.

Formerly known as the cancer self-help group Crawley Cancer Contact, the group was co-founded in 1990 by Heather Goodare and others and was granted charitable status in 1992. The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre opened in its present location in the grounds of Crawley Hospital in July 2009.

All monies raised  help The Olive Tree continue their great day-to-day work: complementary therapies, counselling, information and support for cancer patients and their carers and families.



Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

(Registered Charity No. 256789)

Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice for West and East Sussex and South East Hampshire, and we are currently caring for over 300 children and young people with progressive life shortening conditions, and their families. We are also supporting over 120 bereaved families, who have sadly already lost their child or children.

Completed in 2003, the hospice provides a ‘home from home’ environment with 6 children’s bedrooms, 4 teenager bedrooms, 8 family rooms, wet and dry play areas, computer and music rooms, a multi-sensory room and a hydrotherapy pool. The house it set in beautiful gardens within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Our team of Community Nurses also provide care and support in families own homes, offering respite, trips and activities, or even just a friendly and knowledgeable face in a time of need.

It currently costs £3.5 million to provide all of our care services, both at the hospice and in the community. We receive less than 7% of our running costs from central government, and so we rely heavily on the generosity of the wonderful people of Sussex. We are incredibly grateful for all the magnificent support we receive, together we can help our families make the very best of every day they have, the good days, the bad days and the last days.



The Springboard Project

The Springboard Project

(Registered Charity No. 1014270)

The Springboard Project is a local charity providing accessible inclusive play for both disabled and non disabled children in West Sussex under the banner of “Play and Fun for Everyone!”.

Our play centres in Crawley (Langley Green) and Horsham provide bases for our short breaks activity groups for children with disabilities as well as stay and play opportunities for families with young children to enjoy. Both centres are fitted with a soft play room, a sensory room, lounges and a play garden and offer plenty of fun for all.

Our groups for disabled children – Grasshoppers for the 5-12 year olds and Buddies for 12 -18s – spend time in the house enjoying the facilities with their friends, playing, cooking, eating, chilling out!

It costs around £170 per day to run the Crawley centre. People might like to aim to fund a day/a week/a month!! It also costs in the region of £550 to run a day’s activity session for our disabled children’s groups taking all the hidden costs into account.