Austin Rees donate thousands to Rockinghorse

The children’s charity Rockinghorse has received a welcome boost to their fundraising with a £13,000 donation from independent local business Austin Rees.

The property management and lettings company, has supported the renowned charity since 2013 and in that time, has donated an incredible £24,771 for sick children in Sussex.

As the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton, Rockinghorse raises money for items necessary to every child’s treatment; from furnishings and toys for the wards through to cutting-edge diagnostic machines and life-saving medical equipment.

Speaking about the donation, Andrew Austin, Director of Austin Rees, said: “Our business is based in the city and we believe it’s important to support local charities like Rockinghorse. In the past few years we have proudly supported their essential work and our staff have taken part in fundraising events like their annual ‘Dress as an Elf’ day at Christmas. With the support of our contractors, we have been able to donate hundreds of pounds worth of Christmas presents for poorly children. We’ve also organised our own fundraising events and challenges, including a skydive, to raise money to support the work of Rockinghorse.”

The recent £13,000 donation from Austin Rees will enable the charity to invest in a specialist piece of equipment called a Storz C-Mac Video Laryngoscope (C-Mac) for the Theatre Ward at the Alex. This much-needed piece of equipment will assist paediatric staff with endotracheal intubation in children whose airways prove difficult to access. Difficulties with intubation or failed attempts can have serious consequences, including brain damage, due to low oxygen levels.

The C-Mac will improve an anaesthetist’s ability to visualise the airway and allow them to accurately insert an endotracheal tube to the correct depth. This can be life-saving in a difficult situation. The C-Mac’s accompanying screen will show the airway management team what the anaesthetist can see for a more effective and safe working process.

Andrew Austin, Analiese Doctrove and Nick Mills
Andrew Austin, Analiese Doctrove and Nick Mills

5,000 young patients in Sussex who undergo anaesthesia at the Alex every year will benefit from this vital piece of equipment, as well as an additional 150 critically ill children that are admitted to the Children’s Emergency Department and require intubation.

Analiese Doctrove, Head of Fundraising at Rockinghorse, says: “Thanks to the extremely generous donation from Austin Rees, we are able to purchase this vital piece of equipment for the Alex. It really will make a huge impact on the care of young patients as well as the learning and development of the staff. All junior doctors at the Alex will undertake training modules in paediatric anaesthesia and will be able to work with this much-needed piece of equipment.”

For more information about Rockinghorse, please visit www.rockinghorse.org.uk