Elfin Fun for Children’s Charity

An elf-themed festive event has raised thousands of pounds for Sussex children’s charity Rockinghorse.

The annual Dress Yourself as an Elf day took place on Friday 8 December with participants dressing in red and green and donating £1 towards the charity’s Christmas appeal. £8,000 has been raised so far, with money still being donated from fundraising activities held on the day.

Schools, nurseries, community groups and businesses from across the county took part in the festive dress-down day to help make a difference to the lives of premature babies in Sussex. Those taking part included Uplands Community College, Swiss Gardens Primary School, Mayo Wynne Baxter, and Laing O’Rourke.

Rockinghorse is raising funds for an X-ray Imaging Machine to provide staff at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton with an instant X-ray image, allowing immediate modification of lines and tubes on a premature baby.

Headline sponsors of the elf event, Austin Rees, joined staff members from the play team at the neighbouring Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton – of which Rockinghorse is the official fundraising arm. They donated Christmas presents for young patients who will be spending the festive period in hospital.

Analiese Doctrove, Head of Fundraising at Rockinghorse, said: “Huge thanks to everyone who got involved in our Dress Yourself as an Elf event this year. We are always overwhelmed by the support, and we love receiving pictures of all the wonderful elf outfits. We are delighted by the amount that has been raised so far which will support our Christmas appeal for the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton.”

To support the charity’s TMBU Christmas appeal, text ROCK00 to 70070 and donate £2, £5, or £10 – or make a donation online by visiting www.rockinghorse.org.uk.