Children’s Charity On The Way To Raising Half a Million Pounds For Anniversary Appeal

Brighton-based children’s charity Rockinghorse has revealed it is well on the way to raising £500,000 during its Golden Jubilee year.

Analiese Doctrove and Ryan Heal from Rockinghorse with Sue Kielty from Tudor House in the log cabinThe charity launched its 50th anniversary appeal ‘Sussex Giving for Sussex Children’ last October. They aim to raise half a million pounds worth of funding in 2017, to be split between 10 children’s centres and paediatric services in Sussex. Nine months in, Rockinghorse has announced it has reached £380,000 of their target and have completed five out of 10 beneficiary projects.

They are; the introduction of a Paediatric Emergency Airway Trolley for Worthing Hospital’s Bluefin Ward; an ongoing activities programme for young people being treated at Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Unit in Haywards Heath; a new outdoor play area at The Bungalow residential home for young people with learning disabilities in Eastbourne; funding for 20 defibrillators to be placed in schools around Sussex to support The Connor Saunders Foundation, and; a garden log cabin sensory space for young residents with learning disabilities at Tudor House in Brighton.

Ryan Heal, Chief Executive at Rockinghorse, said: “Since our appeal began, our supporters have helped us raise over £380,000 towards our total! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to each and every person who has contributed to our appeal. We are over the moon to be able to announce that five of our 10 projects have already been completed. The remaining 50th anniversary projects are underway at various stages of development and will reach their own completion dates across 2017 and 2018.

“We still have £120,000 to go to achieve our ultimate goal of raising £500,000 in our 50th year, so although we’re well on our way, please do keep supporting Rockinghorse and let’s get over the line together.”

The projects awaiting completion are; an asthma clinical trial at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton; the introduction of a Metavision system for the neighbouring Trevor Mann Baby Unit and its sister site the Special Care Baby Unit in Haywards Heath, alongside a complete unit reconfiguration; an additional soft play and sensory space at Finches short breaks centre in Burgess Hill, and; £50,000 worth of funding towards the Chailey Heritage Foundation’s D.R.E.A.M. Centre in Lewes.

Best known as the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, Rockinghorse raises money to make services stimulating, cutting-edge and accessible for the many babies, children and young people who need them.

To find out more about the projects benefiting from Rockinghorse’s 50th anniversary appeal, or to make a donation, visit