Sussex entrepreneur Mike Holland: a talent for giving

PUBLISHED: 10:42 18 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:53 20 February 2013

Photo supplied by Stephanie St James

Photo supplied by Stephanie St James

Mike Holland is known to many in Sussex as a businessman and entrepreneur, but how many know about his philanthropic work?

Only a few close members of his family and friends ever get to really know about what Mike Holland achieves on behalf of others. Besides his role of patron of two local charities, he has personally helped hundreds of individuals turn their life around from what would have been the end of the line for most.

From drug addicts, alcoholics to the homeless and jobless, he has stepped in and given both financial and personal support.

Mike doesnt take his role of patron lightly. He thinks long and hard before committing but when he does he simply doesnt stop until he has achieved results.

As patron of The Whitehawk Inn, a charity in East Brighton and Chestnut Tree House childrens hospice based in Arundel, Mike works tirelessly playing a critical role in bringing in changes that make real differences.

Mikes role as patron of The Whitehawk Inns Learning for Life Appeal began in 2010. When he learned about the essential services they provide but that they received no funding from central government funding Mike immediately started approaching local businesses, asking them to donate 5,000.

In his role as patron of Chestnut Tree House, he continually strives to achieve donations from local business colleagues to donate 6,850 to Pay for a Day. The charity receives only 8p in every 1 from central government towards the cost of these daily care services. However in just over a year, Mikes Pay for a Day scheme has won two national awards and achieved donations that will pay for an incredible 80 days.

He said: I know from personal experience the grief and heartache that comes from the death of a child as my own son, Brian, died in 1979 aged just 13. Sadly, Chestnut Tree House didnt exist at that time and our family was not able to experience the wonderful care and support the hospice provides to life-limited children and their families in Sussex.

Chestnut Tree House is the only childrens hospice in Sussex and cares
for children and young adults from 0-25 years of age with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from all
over the county.

Tickets for this years Snowman Spectacular Ball in aid of Chestnut Tree House are going fast and availability is limited please telephone Chestnut Tree House on 01903 871821 for further information.

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