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Rolls-Royce Announces New House Charity And Waves A Fond Farewell To Chestnut Tree House


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LONDON – April 2, 2013: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to confirm that Southampton Hospital Paediatric Rheumatology Service is the company’s new House Charity, as nominated and voted for by employees. The Rheumatology Service, part of the Southampton Hospital Charity, focuses its care on children with arthritis and aims to become the largest regional centre caring for this disease in children.

Children can suffer with arthritis from a very young age, which can affect their development and lifestyle. The Paediatric Rheumatology Service ensures that the public is made aware of the disease, to ensure symptoms are not ignored and children get prompt treatment once the diagnosis is made. The Service also strives to provide outstanding care to these children which, without charitable support, would be impossible.

Southampton Hospital Paediatric Rheumatology Service takes the place of Chestnut Tree House, the Rolls-Royce House Charity nominated and voted for by employees in 2012. Chestnut Tree House is the children's hospice for Sussex, caring for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. Rolls Royce employees raised more than £20,000 for the charity through a variety of events and activities, with donations matched by the company. Support was given as voluntary work by Rolls-Royce craftspeople, including the creation of a Bespoke hand-made chestnut wood sign for the charity’s entrance.

Hugh Lowson, CEO, Chestnut Tree House, said: “I would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to Rolls-Royce for the tremendous support they have given and for raising such a magnificent total for Chestnut Tree House. We are also indebted to them for the stunning sign they have produced. It is beautifully crafted and not only reflects the quality and attention to detail synonymous with Rolls-Royce, but will provide a wonderfully warm and eye-catching welcome for all our children, families, visitors, volunteers and staff at Chestnut Tree House.”

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Rolls Motor Cars, said: “The Rolls-Royce House Charity is a key element of our community involvement and I am extremely proud of everyone at Rolls Royce who helped to support Chestnut Tree House. I look forward to working with Southampton Hospital Paediatric Rheumatology Service throughout 2013.”

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is also proud to support BEN, the UK’s dedicated charity for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive and related industries, as well as their dependants.