An Easter eggstravaganza

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We enjoyed an eggcellent Easter bank holiday weekend. Thanks to the generosity of local schools, businesses, community groups and individuals, young patients at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton, were treated to Easter eggs and treats…

There were Easter egg donations from our friends at Austin Rees and American Express who both visited us at the Alex last week, donating 449 chocolate eggs and a huge bunny! (Pictured above). Pupils from Longhill School in Rottingdean also joined us at the Alex to present their Easter egg donations (pictured below, left).

The students donated 175 chocolate eggs for young patients and their siblings spending time in hospital over the Easter holidays. Teacher Mr Matthews, commented: “Lots of our staff and students have had personal experience of spending time in the Alex and are aware of the wonderful work they do. It’s great for us to be able to give something back.”

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Clarins, Natwest, Sainsbury’s Local in Hove, Heart Sussex, Splash FM and the Sussex Cricketer Pub in Hove also donated lots of yummy eggs. Our Easter bunnies also delivered chocolate eggs to some of the local respite centres we support, including Tudor House in Brighton and Drove Road in Portslade.

Natwest’s Castle Square Brighton branch held a cake sale (pictured above, right), as did our friends at Hen Heaven. We had our monthly cake sale at the Alex, with a special Easter theme, and the Sussex Cricketer pub in Hove held an Easter egg raffle, raising £82.50. Brighton Lions generously donated lots of cuddly Easter toys for young patients at the Alex and were joined by their mascot Leo the Lion for a visit to the hospital (pictured below, left).

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Thanks to the support from the Brighton & Hove Food Festival, we were involved with the Children’s Food Festival Easter Egg Hunt in Brighton’s Pavilion Gardens (pictured above right, credited to Julia Claxton photography) which raised £160. Hale Farm in Chiddingly, East Sussex, very kindly supported us at their Charity Easter Egg Hunt and raised a whopping £987!

Analiese Doctrove, Head of Fundraising at Rockinghorse, said: “We are extremely thankful for the support shown by everyone who got involved in our Easter activity this year. We believe no matter where they are, children should always be treated like children, so it is really great to be able to give young patients an Easter treat whilst they are in hospital.”

To find out more about the work we do to support sick children in Sussex, please click here.

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