Elf event raises thousands


Hundreds of you dressed as elves and wore red and green last week (Friday 9 December) in support of our ‘Dress Yourself as an Elf’ day.
Local schools, businesses, community groups and individuals took part in the annual festive fundraiser and donated £1 towards our 50th year appeal; Sussex Giving for Sussex Children. The event has so far raised £10,000 with money still being donated – an incredible result!
We recently launched plans for Rockinghorse’s Golden Jubilee in 2017, when we aim to raise £500,000 worth of funding to be split between 10 children’s centres and paediatric services in Sussex.
The Dress Yourself as an Elf event was supported by Austin Rees; the specialist residential property management and lettings company based in Hove. Staff from the company donated Christmas presents and joined members of the Rockinghorse team and the Alex’s Play Team to deliver them to young patients on the wards.
Andrew Austin, Director of Austin Rees, said: “We have supported Rockinghorse’s Dress Yourself as an Elf event since its launch, and as a firm we are proud that we have had the opportunity to make a difference. Our elves are busy the night before wrapping the hundreds of toys that have been so kindly donated by staff, clients and contractors. When we visit the Alex, our elves really enjoy delivering presents that bring a smile to so many of the children.”
Analiese Doctrove, Head of Fundraising at Rockinghorse, added: “It has been wonderful to receive so much support for our Dress Yourself as an Elf Christmas fundraiser again this year. We are so grateful for the generosity shown by many of our schools and corporate partners from across Sussex. Their fundraising has helped us provide a great start to our 50th year appeal.”
To find out more about our 50th year appeal and the projects we’re supporting, please click here. For all the pictures from our Dress Yourself as an Elf event, please click here to view the album on our Facebook page.

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