Children bowled over by Sussex Sharks

The Sussex Sharks cricket team delighted young patients with a visit to The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton.

Ryan Crook and members of the Sussex County Cricket Team
              Ryan Crook and members of the Sussex County Cricket Team

The Sharks who play at The County Ground in Hove toured the hospital talking to patients and handing out signed cricket bats and t-shirts.

James, father of young patient Ryan Crook, said: “It was such a surprise when the cricket team showed up. Ryan was delighted, it really brightened up his day.”

Mark Robinson, Sussex Cricket Manager, said: “All of us found the trip a very humbling experience. It put in perspective how unimportant our worries often are compared to that of a parent whose child is dangerously ill. There were many great lessons for us to take away not least the bravery of the children and the dedication and clear thinking of the staff under pressure.”

Long-term supporters of the children’s hospital, the club have been working closely with the Alex’s official fundraising arm, Rockinghorse Children’s Charity over the past two years, donating £20,000 earlier this year to fund a piece of equipment for the children’s dedicated Emergency Department.

To find out more about the work Rockinghorse do to support sick children and their families in Sussex, please visit