Christmas is coming to Brighton!

The festive season is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing – it’s nearly time for the Brilliant Brighton Christmas lights switch-on event!

This year’s big free switch-on takes place on East Street in Brighton on Thursday 15 November from 4.30pm and here at Rockinghorse, we’re delighted to be the partner charity of the event.

Organised by Brilliant Brighton, it promises to be fun festive event for all the family to enjoy, in association with Capital Brighton and sponsored by Legal & General. Brilliant Brighton is an organisation formed of 517 businesses that put on the switch-on event and collectively pay the £75,000 per year fee to ensure the city is lit up at Christmas.

The switch-on aims to showcase some of the best talent Brighton has to offer and this year, entertainment comes courtesy of vintage-inspired swing group ‘Hit the Silk’, acapella Christmas carols from ‘Actually Gay Men’s Chorus’ and chart hits with a fresh twist from Brighton buskers Ren and Sam Tompkins.

17-year-old singer-songwriter Jack Rose (who has just finished supporting Faith Evans on her UK tour and is also the host of Amazon TV series ‘Ghost Hunting with Jack Rose’), will also be taking to the stage to perform his new single ‘Birthday Cake’.

Gavin Stewart, CEO of Brilliant Brighton, says: “We’re really excited for 2018’s Christmas lights switch-on event. It’s a lovely feel-good event and we hope that lots of people come down and join in with the festive fun!”

Inspiring 15-year-old fundraiser Jake Heal, alongside Rockinghorse Trustee and CBeebies presenter Sid Sloane, and joined by Father Christmas, will have the all-important task of counting down and pressing the button to unveil Brighton’s festive lights.

Jake from Hove has the rare genetic Prader-Willi Syndrome and receives ongoing treatment at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, of which we are the official fundraising arm. Jake raised an incredible £4,000 for us earlier this year when he took part in the Rockinghorse iDrop Abseil – the first-ever public abseil from the British Airways i360 tower on Brighton seafront. He is very excited to be switching on the Brighton Christmas lights this year.

Adding to the festivities is a charity raffle with all funds being donated to our ongoing projects at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton. Brilliant Brighton business have donated lots of fantastic prizes and we are so grateful for their support.

Terrina Barnes, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, says: “We are delighted to be chosen as the beneficiary charity of the Brighton Christmas lights switch-on this year. It’s always such a fantastic event and we look forward to raising funds for the children’s hospital and baby unit through the raffle during the evening.”

This year’s Christmas lights are sponsored by Legal & General and will light up Brighton city centre until early January. The large local employer is also proud to support Brilliant Brighton’s late-night shopping event on Thursday 13 December, which will see 500+ city centre shops, restaurants and cafes stay open until 8pm.

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