Answering the China call to help hospice

Jessica Thomson is one of the youngest people to join the Chestnut China Challenge' D14391220a

Jessica Thomson is one of the youngest people to join the Chestnut China Challenge' D14391220a

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KEEN runner Jessica Thomson has got off to a flying fundraising start after she joined the Chestnut Tree House China challenge.

The 23-year-old signed up for the Poling-based children’s hospice’s Great Wall of China trek just over a month ago.

But she has already raised about £400 of the £2,800 minimum sponsorship target – with plenty more fundraising ideas still left in the melting pot.

“When I visited the hospice in August, I got to see all the work they did to help make the lives of children better,” said Jessica, who works in Chichester at Teddy Wilf’s Nursery School and at an after-school club at Parklands Community Primary School.

“I just knew I had to do something.”

The aim of the nine-day adventure, held from October 10 next year, is to raise enough money to pay for all the hospice’s bills and treatment costs for the duration of the trip.

Jessica, a former student at Chichester College, was inspired to join the trek when her mum saw it on Facebook. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something amazing and to help children who really need it,” she said.

Jessica has already held a bingo night, car boot sale and cake sale. Now, she is preparing to host a halloween party at Vadar, Selbourne Place, Littlehampton, from 8pm on October 31.

For more details on the challenge, see www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk or call 01903 706355.