Follow Nurses’ Steps to support children’s hospice care


Could you walk a month in the footsteps of a children’s hospice nurse? The nurses and care support workers at Chestnut Tree House rack up thousands of steps a day when looking after children with life-shortening conditions, both at the hospice and out in the community.

Now, Chestnut Tree House is challenging you to follow the Nurses’ Steps and sign up to take on either 7,000 or 10,000 steps a day throughout February. By taking part in this new virtual challenge, not only will you stay fit in February, you will also be supporting local children who need hospice care.

It costs £10 to sign up, and you will receive support throughout the challenge, as well as a pair of Chestnut Tree House shoelaces, and a medal upon completion.

Whether you’re a pavement stomper, mountain hiker, countryside rambler or casual ambler, Nurses’ Steps is a challenge for everyone. Just walk your way at your pace at any time or location of your choice.

Registration costs £10 per person. Find out more and register at


About Chestnut House:

  •       Chestnut Tree House provides specialist palliative care services to 300 children and young people aged 0-19 with life-shortening conditions in East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire.
  •       The services offered include assessment, advice and information for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions, specialist short breaks, emergency care, step down from hospital and end of life care.
  •       The Community Team cares for families in their own homes in East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire. A multi-disciplinary team offers support for the entire family following diagnosis and through the whole disease process.
  •       Chestnut Tree House also offers bereavement support which includes therapy, counseling and spiritual care. There is also a specialist neonatal care service, services for under 5s and transition advice for young people moving to adult services.
  •       Chestnut Tree House offers care for families after the unexpected death of a child or young person, including the use of our ‘Stars’ bereavement suite.
  •       At Chestnut Tree House, the goal is to provide the best quality of life for children and their families, and to offer a total package of practical, social and spiritual support throughout each child’s life, however short it may be.
  •       It costs over £4.6 million each year to provide all Chestnut Tree House’s specialist care services. Families are never charged for their care and the hospice receives less than 9% from central government, so it relies heavily on the generosity, help and support of the local community.