50th year projects

Our 50th year welcomed the launch of our Sussex Giving for Sussex Children appeal, where, thanks to your incredible support, we raised £500,000 worth of funding that has been split between 10 children’s centres and paediatric services in Sussex…

Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital

We are proud to be the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton and as part of our 50th year celebrations, we have provided the Alex with funding for an Asthma Clinical Trial, to support children who suffer from the disease. The study is expected to benefit thousands of children in Sussex every year who suffer from Asthma and will establish the Alex as a centre for ground-breaking research that brings change to the lives of young patients. Click here to find out more.


Trevor Mann Baby Unit

Over the years the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton has received vital support from Rockinghorse. Continuing this long-lasting partnership, we are donating over £100,000 to both the TMBU and its sister site, the Special Care Baby Unit based within the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath. We are proud to be able to support not one, but two specialist premature baby units in Sussex as part of our appeal. Click here to find out more.


Special Care Baby Unit

Located within the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, we’re supporting the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) by funding the reconfiguration of the unit which cares for premature and sick newborn babies in the Mid Sussex area. We’re working with SCBU to improve facilities and provide the necessary equipment they need to continue high quality neonatal care, as well as the introduction of a Metavision electronic record system. Click here to find out more.


Bluefin Ward

We’re supporting Bluefin Ward at Worthing Hospital and have provided funding for two Paediatric Emergency Airway Trolleys. The ward specialises in providing care to babies, children and adolescents who have been admitted to the hospital, and we have pledged our support to the Make the Airways Safe Team. The trolleys are being used by clinicians for children who may have swallowed an item which has blocked their upper airway, causing them to choke and struggling to breathe. Click here to find out more.


Chailey Heritage Foundation

We’re pledging £50,000 towards the DREAM Centre; a purpose built all-weather Indoor Activity Centre, where children and young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs can take part in sport related activities. The new leisure space and its specialist facilities will be a positive addition for all the children and young people using the services provided by Chailey Heritage Foundation in Lewes. Click here to find out more.


Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit

We believe in giving all young people a chance which is why we’re continuing to provide more support to Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit in Haywards Heath. We’ve provided funding for an activities scheme throughout 2017 and 2018 for young people cared for at Chalkhill who are being treated for a range of mental health illnesses. The Rockinghorse Activities Programme will complement the clinical work of the unit as well as their education programme. Click here to find out more.


Finches Short Breaks Centre

Based in Burgess Hill, we’ve providing funding to Finches Short Breaks Centre to improve the facilities currently available. They offer short breaks to children and young people with complex and physical needs which include day, evening, overnight and weekend activities in a residential setting. Our funding will allow the centre to reinvent their lounge area, with the addition of a dedicated soft play area and chilled zone. Click here to find out more.


The Bungalow

We’re helping to make a difference to the lives of children cared for at The Bungalow in Eastbourne, and have provided funding for a number of leisure facilities in the garden. Providing residential care for children with a range of differing learning disabilities, the installation of a netted-in football pitch, a sunken trampoline and a water play area with canopy is already proving of huge benefit to young people who live at The Bungalow, enabling them to pursue outdoor interests in a safe environment. Click here to find out more.


The Connor Saunders Foundation

The foundation is campaigning for defibrillators to be provided within schools in the local community, and we’ve provided funding for 20 defibrillators to be placed in schools around Brighton, Hove and wider Sussex. Having access to this equipment can be life-saving and we believe it is so important for schools to not only have access to a defibrillator, but to also learn how to use it, which is why we’re working with The Connor Saunders Foundation to provide specialist first aid training too. Click here to find out more.


Tudor House

We’ve provided funding for a garden log cabin that has been kitted out as a soft play room, already being enjoyed by young people who are cared for at Tudor House in Brighton. Offering short breaks for young people who have a severe learning disability and other complex needs, the house has really benefited by having an alternative quiet and safe place available that can be used by the children all year round. Click here to find out more.