A rocking bus for Rockinghorse

Bodyshop engineers at Brighton & Hove Buses have created a mini Rockinghorse bus as a tribute for our 50th anniversary, which was auctioned at our Anniversary Ball on Saturday 7 October.

The design – a replica of the full-scale special edition bus, currently on the roads of Brighton, Hove and Sussex – was created by Nathan Enticknapp and Steve Boreham who had previous form having built mini-buses that doubled as mobile book shelves for Mile Oak School.

It was their supervisor, Frank Clasen, who thought it would be great to create a mini version of it and Nathan and Steve agreed. They worked on the concept in their own time for a few hours over a few weeks and used the same designs as the real Rockinghorse bus on which they also worked. Frank said: “Steve and Nathan are really talented: they can turn their hand to anything. They wanted it to be put to its best use for the Rockinghorse charity to raise money for sick children.”

The mini version is dedicated to Dr Trevor Mann – the same as the full-scale Rockinghorse bus – and even has the same seat covers. It has two seats, a steering wheel (complete with squeaky toy!) a dash board and its own registration – Horse 1.

Engineer Nathan Enticknapp had personal motivation to create the rocking bus; his son Matthias (pictured above with his dad Nathan – 2nd left – fellow engineer Steve Boreham, supervisor Frank Clasen, and Rockinghorse CEO Ryan Heal) was treated on the Trevor Mann Baby Unit when he was born due to breathing complications.

The children’s Rockinghorse ‘mini’ bus raised £4,300 on the night which has been kindly match-funded by the Brighton & Hove Buses. Managing Director, Martin Harris, said: “So many people’s lives have been touched by the children’s hospital and the fantastic work that Rockinghorse do. We’re all really pleased to have aided such a great cause.”

Rockinghorse Chief Executive, Ryan Heal, added: “The ‘mini’ Rockinghorse bus is remarkable! What a wonderful idea – we are so grateful to Nathan and Steve for creating it. Not only does it look great, but it has also enabled us to raise £4,300 for our Sussex Giving for Sussex Children appeal – which the Brighton & Hove Bus Company have very generously match-funded. Featured as a special auction lot at our 50th Anniversary Ball, the rocking bus will be donated to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital.”

Overall, we raised an incredible £115,000 at our 50th Anniversary Ball, thanks to the wonderful generosity of our guests on the night. To find out more, please click here.

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