Advance donation made to Sussex hospices as Dream Home Prize Draw continues

An advance donation of £10,000 has been made to two Sussex hospices, following the successful launch of a Dream Home Prize Draw three weeks ago.

Monday, 10th August 2020, 10:14 am

Organiser Peter Pearce is putting his £1.2million home by the coast up as a raffle prize in a bid to raise money for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, near Arundel, and St Barnabas House hospice in Worthing.

The draw was launched on July 20 with the help of Love Island’s Amy Hart. Tickets are just £2, with 10 per cent of the money raised going to the hospices, and the deadline is 11.59pm on Monday, August 31.

Peter Pearce presents an advance donation of £10,000 to Sarah Colbourne, head of fundraising at St Barnabas House in Worthing and Chestnut Tree House children's hospice near Arundel

Peter said: “St Barnabas is an important place to my mother, sister and I, and a cause very close to our hearts as they did such a wonderful job caring for my father at the end of his life.

“So many people I know have been helped by the hospice or know a friend or family member who has. We need to ensure they can continue to be here for everyone who needs them.

“I know how much the hospices rely on community support but until I saw their crisis appeal, I hadn’t thought about the huge impact Covid-19 would have on their fundraising income.

“I’ve committed to donating 10 per cent of the proceeds of the prize draw to St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House but I wanted to do something to help now, as I know how hard the hospices are working to support children and adults throughout this difficult time. So, I’ve decided to make an early donation of £10,000, with the remaining amount to be finalised when the draw closes.”

The draw offers people the chance to win Painter’s Keep, Peter’s distinctive four-bedroom house in Seaview Avenue, Kingston Gorse. Built in 1925, it was the estate’s water tower and was converted to a dwelling in 1955.

Providing a minimum of 750,000 tickets are sold, someone will win the house. If not, a cash prize will be offered, based on 80 per cent of net sales.

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Sarah Colbourne, head of fundraising at St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House said: “When the coronavirus crisis struck, our monthly fundraising income plummeted by 70 per cent due to events being cancelled and the closure of our shops.

“Although constraints are easing and we have been overwhelmed by the support from our local community, we still need help to make up the shortfall so that we can continue providing vital hospice care, now and in the future.

“This £10,000 early donation will be a great help, and we’d like to thank everyone for their support.”

To enter the Dream Home Prize Draw, visit

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