Young people were treated to an afternoon of footballing fun, organised by SoccerFix in partnership with Rockinghorse children’s charity.
SoccerFix provides football sessions in the local community of Brighton and throughout wider Sussex. Founded by Harry Shooman, they work with local community groups, schools and societies to encourage and enhance personal development through football.
During the Easter school holidays, SoccerFix partnered with Rockinghorse to provide one-to-one and group relaxed football sessions to benefit the children and young people supported through the charity.
Afternoon sessions were held at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton, and Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit (Chalkhill) in Haywards Heath. Rockinghorse is a vital supporter of both hospitals.
The charity raises funds for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, as well as providing funding for services and items to ensure that children are treated in an environment better suited to their needs.
Hannah Seltzer, challenge events fundraising manager at Rockinghorse, said: “It was wonderful to be able to provide something a little bit different to our hospital partners this Easter. Sporting activities such as football can be very positive for a young person’s mental health, so we are very grateful to Harry from SoccerFix for enabling us to provide this experience during the Easter school holidays.”
Harry Shooman, founder of SoccerFix, added: “I’m delighted to be able to support such a fantastic local charity. Rockinghorse provides so much for children and young people in Sussex through their fundraising, so to be part of that has been amazing. It was a great couple of days for SoccerFix and we were touched by our experiences at both hospitals. We very much look forward to supporting Rockinghorse again in the future.”
Rockinghorse is working closely with Chalkhill – the only hospital of its kind in Sussex – to support young people with mental health illnesses. The charity has set up the ‘Rockinghorse Activities Programme’ to complement the clinical and educational work of the unit. The scheme provides opportunities for young people to get involved in activity-led therapeutic sessions on and off site.
To find out more, visit www.rockinghorse.org.uk.