Charity supporters gathered at Goodwood Racecourse in Chichester, West Sussex, last weekend (Saturday 13 May) for the annual Just Walk challenge.
Organised by events company Across the Divide, participants took part in 10km, 20km, 30km, 40km or a 60km route around the South Downs to raise money for their chosen charity. Over 1,000 people took part, with 29 walkers supporting Sussex children’s charity Rockinghorse, raising over £7,800 with funds still being donated.
Those walking for Rockinghorse included the charity’s Schools & Community Fundraiser Liz McCluskey, and Finance Manager Rhian Walsh who had challenged themselves to walk the 60km route, completing it in 16 hours. Local businesses taking part on behalf of the charity included staff from The Grand Hotel in Brighton, TSB in Brighton and six employees from Russell New business, tax and charity advisors based in Steyning, who have chosen to support Rockinghorse as their Charity of the Year.
The charity’s Challenge Events Fundraiser Hannah Seltzer, was joined by five members of the Mann family for the shorter 10km challenge. The Mann family are relatives of the late Dr Trevor Mann, who founded Rockinghorse children’s charity in 1967. A pioneer in paediatric care, Trevor’s memory lives on through the Trevor Mann Baby Unit, based within the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where Trevor worked for many years.
His son, Dr Nick Mann, said: “Rockinghorse was originally set up by my father Trevor and in its 50th year, myself and the rest of the Mann family are keen to support their fundraising events. Five of us took part in the 10km Just Walk route, including my wife Sue, daughter Lizzie, my sister Ros and my brother Mike. The charity walk provided such a great opportunity to join many other Rockinghorse supporters and raise much-needed funds.”
Hannah Seltzer, Challenge Events Fundraiser at Rockinghorse, added: “Our thanks to everyone who took part in Just Walk and helped to raise a fantastic amount of money towards our 50th year appeal. We were delighted to be an official charity partner of the event, and its thanks to partnerships like this that we are able to continue to support children in Sussex.”
Rockinghorse is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and all funds raised from the Just Walk challenge will be donated to their Golden Jubilee appeal; Sussex Giving for Sussex Children. The charity aims to raise £500,000 in 2017 which will be split between 10 children’s centres and paediatric services in Sussex. To find out more about the Sussex Giving for Sussex Children appeal, and how you can support the charity, visit www.rockinghorse.org.uk.