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Waste company digs deep for needy children

Published 24th March, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Waste company digs deep for needy children

Big-hearted staff at a successful waste management company, based in Eastbourne, have donated more than £2000 to help sick children in the south east.
CountyClean Environmental Services, which specialises in removing liquid and hazardous waste, decided to sponsor local resident Stella Grimshaw £2000 towards her Great Wall of China trek in October 2010, in aid of local children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House.

Chestnut Tree House is the only children's hospice in Sussex and cares for children and young adults from 0 to 19 years of age with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from all over the county.

Jo Carden, events and fundraising officer for Chestnut Tree House, said: “We are so grateful to Stella for taking on this challenge, and to CountyClean Environmental Services for their generous sponsorship. Without the support of local people and companies like CountyClean, we would not be able to continue helping life-limited children and their families across Sussex.”

The CountyClean team was also moved when they heard about a seven year- old Kent boy - Max Walsh - with cerebral palsy who is in desperate need of an operation to improve his quality of life. Directors Mike Walker and Darren Baldwin agreed to sponsor a hole for £500 at a forthcoming charity golf day in Gillingham.

CountyClean managing director, Mike Walker, said: “We are continuing to grow, had a fantastic 2010 and have recently taken on a number of prestigious new clients. So we felt it was only right to give something back to the local community and especially to people who are less fortunate than ourselves. When we heard about Chestnut Tree House we wanted to help and we were equally moved to hear about Max Walsh’s plight.’

A charity golf tournament is being held at Gillingham Golf Club on 22 May to help raise the £43,000 needed to send Max Walsh to America for an operation to help him retain the use of his legs.

Organiser Chris Edwards said; “We cannot thank CountyClean enough for their kind donation. The golf day will consist of prizes for the golfers, and in the afternoon we shall be holding an auction as well as a raffle.”

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