Cricket legend attends our charity sporting lunch

We welcomed a true cricketing legend to The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne last week (Friday 15 September) for an afternoon of fundraising.

Our Best of British sporting lunch played host to Geoff Miller OBE – one of the most respected figures in English cricket – and welcomed almost 200 guests to the event. They were treated to a three-course lunch while raising funds for our 50th anniversary appeal; Sussex Giving for Sussex Children.

Compered by comedian Adger Brown, the event was sponsored by Rix & Kay solicitors and raised an amazing £13,500 for our Golden Jubilee appeal. Funds were raised through a variety of activities, including a game of ‘heads and tails’, a raffle and auction; which included a trip to the Christmas markets in Prague.

Cricket legend Geoff Miller entertained the room with an after-dinner talk when he recalled tales from his cricketing career – including his experiences of playing with and against the most talented players in history. Funds raised at the event will be donated towards our ongoing projects at The Bungalow in Eastbourne.

The centre provides residential care for children who have developmental delay, autistic spectrum disorders and severe physical disabilities, and is one of our chosen beneficiary’s as part of the anniversary appeal. Thanks to funds raised at last year’s Best of British sporting lunch in Eastbourne, The Bungalow has seen their outdoor area transformed in to an all-weather activities garden that is being enjoyed by the young people who rely on the service.

Ryan Heal, Rockinghorse Chief Executive and Best of British event organiser, said: “Huge thanks to all our guests who attended this year’s Best of British sporting lunch in Eastbourne. Thanks to the generosity of those in the room, we raised a fantastic £13,500 towards our projects in Eastbourne, as part of our golden jubilee celebrations. We very much look forward to the event again next year.”

We are celebrating the charity’s 50th anniversary this year and aim to raise £500,000 to be split between 10 children’s centres and paediatric services in Sussex. Through the Sussex Giving for Sussex Children appeal, we strive to make these centres and services stimulating, cutting-edge and accessible for the many babies, children and young people who need them.

To find out more about the projects benefiting from our 50th anniversary appeal, please click here.

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