50th anniversary appeal project update

We launched our 50th anniversary appeal ‘Sussex Giving for Sussex Children’ with the aim to raise £500,000 worth of funding to be split between 10 children’s centres and paediatric services in Sussex. Nine months in to our Golden Jubilee, we are pleased to announce we’ve reached £380,000 of our target, and have completed five out of 10 projects!

Rockinghorse Chief Executive, Ryan Heal, shares this message…

“It’s hard to imagine that it has been nearly a year since our 50th anniversary appeal, Sussex Giving for Sussex Children, was launched last October. Giving ourselves a target of £500,000, we set about our fundraising efforts to make our partner beneficiaries dreams become a reality.

As we enter the final quarter of our Golden Jubilee year, we’d like to update you on YOUR efforts so far. Since our appeal began YOU have helped us raised over £380,000 towards our total! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to each and every one of you who have contributed to this hugely collective effort.

Below, you will see an update on five of our 10 projects that have ALREADY been completed. Our remaining 50th anniversary projects are underway at various stages of development and will reach their own completion dates across 2017/18. We will look forward to sharing more of that good news with you in due course.

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

Finally, in thanking each of our supporters from across Sussex, I would like to publicly thank the Rockinghorse team for their dedication and commitment throughout the year in fundraising, marketing, administering and delivering this memorable appeal.”

Bluefin Ward at Worthing Hospital

Worthing Hospital’s dedicated paediatric unit, Bluefin Ward, now has access to a Paediatric Emergency Airway Trolley thanks to funds raised through our 50th year appeal. The trolley will support the emergency management of children with upper airway obstructions, making a significant difference in reducing the distress young patients and parents encounter at such a critical time. The trolley combines all the necessary equipment in one central accessible place.

Amanda Tucker from Love Your Hospital, says: “We are delighted to have benefited from Rockinghorse’s 50th anniversary appeal which has enabled us to purchase a Paediatric Emergency Airway Trolley. It is a vital addition to the hospital’s Bluefin Ward, where we care for our youngest patients, and really can make the difference if a situation becomes life-threatening. Thank you to everyone who has donated to the appeal and helped make a huge difference.”

Picture captions: (L-R) Ryan Heal, Rockinghorse CEO, Analiese Doctrove, Rockinghorse Head of Fundraising, and Amanda Tucker from Love Your Hospital charity with the Paediatric Emergency Airway Trolley in Worthing Hospital’s Bluefin Ward.

Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit

Based in the grounds of the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, Chalkhill is benefiting from an activities scheme thanks to our funding. We launched the Rockinghorse Activities Programme as a pilot scheme in 2015 which was hugely successful. Since then, we’ve continued to fund the programme in 2016, and now in 2017/18, proving the scheme greatly complements the clinical and educational work of the unit.

Rachael Duke from the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, says: “The Rockinghorse Activities programme is carefully designed to help provide structure to our young people’s days, alongside clinical work and attendance at our school. The scheme enables young people to help achieve their goals which are set during their admission at Chalkhill. We are so grateful to Rockinghorse for enabling us to introduce this hugely successful activities programme.”

Picture captions: Staff from Chalkhill are joined by Joy Dennis, Chair of Rockinghorse, Ryan Heal, Rockinghorse CEO, and MP for Mid Sussex, Sir Nicholas Soames at the unit in Haywards Heath.

The Bungalow

Located in Eastbourne, The Bungalow provides residential care for young people living with a range of learning disabilities who can now enjoy a brand new outdoor play area. We’ve been raising funds to reinvent the garden and install equipment to create more play and leisure opportunities for the young residents. The addition of astro turf, a netted area for ball games and a large canopied area means that the garden area can be enjoyed all year round.

Tony Hines from The Bungalow, says: “Our outdoor space has been completely overhauled thanks to funding from Rockinghorse, making a huge difference to our young residents. They now have a safe and enjoyable space to spend time and exert their energy, no matter what the weather! The challenges our residents face mean that it is difficult for them to access public leisure areas and the new facilities in our garden are such a valuable addition, we are so grateful.”

Picture captions: Play equipment is now in place at The Bungalow in Eastbourne and can be used all-year-round thanks to the addition of a weather-proof canopy.

The Connor Saunders Foundation

Aiming to make schools in Sussex heart safe, we’ve enabled The Connor Saunders Foundation to reach their own milestone in our 50th year, by handing over its 50th defibrillator. Last year we provided funding for 10 schools in and around Brighton and Hove to each receive a defibrillator and first aid training. Through our 50th year appeal, we’ve raised funds to provide a further 20 defibrillators to be placed in schools around Sussex.

Darran Saunders from The Connor Saunders Foundation, says: “We are extremely grateful to Rockinghorse for enabling us to supply another 20 defibrillators to schools in the local area to make them heart safe – this life-saving piece of equipment gives peace of mind to the staff, parents and pupils. A heart felt thank you to everyone who has donated to the appeal, Connors soul is more alive than ever because of you.”

Picture captions: Darran and Courtney Saunders from The Connor Saunders Foundation are joined by Rockinghorse CEO, Ryan Heal, as they present their 50th defibrillator to staff at St Paul’s Primary School in Brighton.

Tudor House

Providing short breaks for young people who have severe learning disabilities and complex needs, Tudor House in Brighton has welcomed the addition of a garden log cabin. We’ve been raising funds to provide the care home with much needed additional leisure space for its residents to enjoy. The cabin benefits from sensory and soft play equipment within a space that can be used as a quiet and safe area away from the busier environment in the main house.

Geoff Harmer from Tudor House, says: “A great big thank you to Rockinghorse for everything they do for us here at Tudor House. We’d like to extend our thanks to all of those raising funds and supporting the appeal for their wonderful generosity. The log cabin is a great addition to our garden and we are so grateful for the ongoing support of Rockinghorse which enriches the experience of those young people who use our service.”

Picture captions: (L-R) Analiese Doctrove, Head of Fundraising at Rockinghorse, Ryan Heal, Rockinghorse CEO, and Sue Kielty from Tudor House in the new sensory space log cabin.

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