About Us

Rockinghorse is a Brighton-based charity that has been supporting children in Sussex for over 50 years.

Rockinghorse Children’s Charity was set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann as the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.

We raise money to provide live-saving medical equipment and additional services with the aim of improving the lives of sick children throughout Sussex.

Along with the Royal Alex and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit, we also support the Special Care Baby Unit in the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath along with paediatric wards, specialist neonatal units, respite centres and children’s services across Sussex.

We does not receive any government funding and relies on the generous support of individuals, community groups, schools, companies and trusts. People just like you.

We believe that no matter where they are, children should always be allowed to be children.


Our Projects

Find out more about the projects we've recently funded as well as the projects we're currently funding for...

Our Strategy

Find out what our mission, values and strategic ambitions are for the next three years.

The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital

The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton is a state-of-the-art facility offering pioneering paediatric treatment and providing inpatient and outpatient care for children across the South East.

Trevor Mann Baby Unit

The Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) is based within the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and is a specialist department for the care of premature and sick new-born babies.

Special Care Baby Unit

The Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is located within the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and cares for premature and sick new-born babies requiring short term high dependency care.

Real Life Stories

Read about some of the incredible young patients we've helped to support through our fundraising...

Rockinghorse Roundup

Take a look at the Summer 2022 Rockinghorse Roundup

Board of Trustees

Meet the Rockinghorse Board of Trustees

Our Royal Patron

Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra, has been Royal Patron of Rockinghorse since July 2017...

Dr Trevor Mann

Dr Trevor Mann founded our charity back in 1967, launching what was known then as the Rockinghorse Appeal. Here, we share his story...