About Us

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

Our charity was set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann, who recognised there was a real need for additional resources to improve healthcare services for sick children and babies.

At Rockinghorse children’s charity, our aim is to improve the lives of sick children throughout Sussex. We are best-known as the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton.

We also provide vital support to the neighbouring Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) and its sister site, the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) based within the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

In addition, we support paediatric wards in hospitals across Sussex, specialist neonatal units, respite centres and children’s services in the county.

We fundraise to provide life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, additional services and items to ensure that young people are treated in an environment better suited to their needs.

We believe no matter where they are, children should always be allowed to be children. Our charity doesn’t receive any government funding and relies on the generous support of individuals, community groups, schools, companies and trusts; people like you.

Our Projects

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

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 2021 Rockinghorse Roundup

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...