Body shop engineers at Brighton & Hove Buses designed a replica – actual child’s rocking horse – of the full-scale special edition bus they also worked on and gifted it to the Rockinghorse charity’s 5Oth anniversary fundraiser where it was auctioned off as the grand prize.
The children’s rockinghorse mini bus was created by Nathan Enticknapp and Steve Boreham who had previous form having built mini-buses that doubled as mobile book shelves for Mile Oak School.
Rockinghorse charity Chief Executive Ryan Heal said: “The ‘mini’ Rocking horse bus is remarkable. What a wonderful idea! We are so grateful to Nathan and Steve for creating it. Not only does it look great, but it has also enabled us to raise funds for our Sussex Giving for Sussex Children appeal. The bus was featured as a special auction lot at our 50th Anniversary Ball and will be donated to The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital.”
It was Nathan and Steve’s supervisor Frank Clasen who thought it would be great to create a mini version of the Rockinghorse bus. Nathan and Steve worked on the concept in their own time for a few hours over a few weeks and used the same designs as the real Rockinghorse bus on which they also worked.
Frank said: “Steve and Nathan are really talented: they can turn their hand to anything. They wanted it to be put to its best use for the Rockinghorse charity to raise money for sick children.”
The mini version is dedicated to Dr Trevor Mann – the same as the full-scale bus – and even has the same seat covers. It has two seats, a steering wheel (complete with squeaky toy), a dash board, its own registration – Horse 1 and is a fully working child’s rockinghorse.