Prime Minister Supports Rockinghorse

Sussex children’s charity Rockinghorse has received a letter of best wishes from The Prime Minister Theresa May for their Golden Jubilee year.

The charity is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, having been founded by the late Rockinghorse CEO Ryan Heal with letter from Theresa MayDr Trevor Mann back in 1967. In an amazing boost at the start of their Golden Jubilee, Rockinghorse received the letter of congratulations from 10 Downing Street following a 50th year launch event held in October.

In the letter, The Prime Minister highlights the good work of the charity, she says: “I am always impressed by the amazing work of local charities and community groups who work tirelessly to support the needs of local people. Responding to the challenges of supporting some of the most vulnerable children and adults in our society is not something that the Government can do alone.

Letter from Prime Minister Theresa May
“For a charity to have been supporting the children of Sussex for 50 years is a superb achievement and something of which the entire community should be incredibly proud. I would like to congratulate the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity on reaching its Golden Jubilee and I send my best wishes for the next 50 years.”

Ryan Heal, Chief Executive of Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, said: “We are overwhelmed to receive such a wonderful letter of support from The Prime Minister herself, Theresa May. It is such an honour for the charity to be recognised in this way at such a prominent time in its history.

“I speak on behalf of the whole team at Rockinghorse when I say how excited we are to have launched our 50th year fundraising appeal – a time for celebration and continuing to make a real impact of the lives of local children right here in Sussex.”

The charity has launched its 50th year fundraising appeal; Sussex Giving for Sussex Children, when they aim to provide £500,000 worth of funding to be split between 10 children’s centres and paediatric services in Sussex to help them improve, refurbish, and develop their environment for the young people benefiting from their work.

Those benefiting from the appeal are; The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (‘The Alex’ in Brighton), the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (‘TMBU’, located within the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton), the Special Care Baby Unit (‘SCBU’, based within the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath), Bluefin Ward at Worthing Hospital, Chailey Heritage Foundation (in Lewes), Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit (in Haywards Heath), Finches Short Breaks Centre (in Burgess Hill), The Bungalow (in Eastbourne), Tudor House (in Brighton) and The Connor Saunders Foundation (based in Brighton).

Rockinghorse logo 50By supporting Rockinghorse, you can help continue to ensure children’s services across Sussex are the best they possibly can be for our children now, and in the future. To find out more about the charity’s 50th year projects, and how you can get involved, please visit rockinghorse.org.uk.