50 Songs for 50 Years Success

Local business man and long-term Rockinghorse supporter raised a staggering £5,000 at #50songsfor50years gig night on Friday 23 June to support our Golden Jubilee appeal.

Noel Preston, Managing Partner of Preston Insurance Brokers, set himself the ultimate challenge of performing the drums on 50 songs, supported by band members from The Suits, No Way Out and Planet Trousza.

The audience consisted of friends, family members and avid music fans who enjoyed an evening of well-known songs at the Brighthelm Centre in Brighton on Friday 23 June. Each song was kindly sponsored by a local business or individual, many of who attended on the evening and dug deep to give generously in the raffle.

Noel was driven by his own personal experience to raise vital funds. He said: “The support for our #50songsfor50years gig was awesome. From those that sponsored bands to the many that sponsored songs. The people who paid to come to the event, bought raffle tickets, donated raffle prizes and made random donations. To the amazing musicians that made it happen and the hidden gem that is the BrightHelm Centre, what a top venue to have a gig! Thank you, thank you, thank you, your collective outstanding generosity has exceeded our target for such a worthwhile charity and we are extremely grateful.”

Liz McCluskey, Schools and Community Fundraising Manager, expressed her thanks to Noel and said: “Noel organised a fantastic evening and completed his own challenge playing drums on all 50 songs on the evening. We are so very grateful to Noel, the sponsors and individuals who attended on the evening for their generosity, which really will make a difference to the lives of sick children in Sussex.”

The funds raised on the evening will be donated to our Golden Jubilee appeal; Sussex Giving for Sussex Children. We aim to raise £500,000 in 2017 which will be split between 10 children’s centres and paediatric services in Sussex.

Our thanks to everyone who attended and supported the event, helping to raise an incredible amount of money. A special mention to headline sponsors James Ross Jewellers, Matthew Murphy Electrical Services and Licensed Trade Auditors. To see more photos from the night, please click here.

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