Gatwick sporting lunch is a winner

Bob Wilson OBE was the special guest speaker at our sporting lunch last week (Friday 3 November).

The legendary Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper, and former TV broadcaster (pictured above with Chris Randall, Chief Executive of headline sponsor Mayo Wynne Baxter, and Rockinghorse CEO, Ryan Heal), attended the Best of British event at the Hilton London Gatwick Hotel.

Supported by headline sponsors Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors, the afternoon fundraiser welcomed over 240 guests from businesses in the Mid-Sussex Gatwick Diamond area, who were treated to a three-course lunch, followed by an entertaining talk from Bob Wilson himself.

Guests took part in a number of fundraising games, including ‘heads and tails’, a raffle and an exclusive charity auction featuring a number of rare and collectable sporting items. The event raised an incredible £16,500 for Rockinghorse.

Throughout our 50th anniversary this year, we have been raising funds for the Sussex Giving for Sussex Children appeal, supporting 10 children’s centres and paediatric services across the county. Funds raised at the Best of British sporting lunch will be donated to our project partner; Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit, based within the grounds of the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

We are donating £50,000 to Chalkhill towards their ongoing activities programme for young people who are cared for at the unit. We funded the scheme throughout 2015 and 2016, and it has proved to greatly complement the clinical work of Chalkhill, as well as their education programme.

Speaking at the event, Ryan Heal, Rockinghorse Chief Executive and organiser of the Best of British sporting lunch, said: “Rockinghorse has traditionally focussed its efforts on clinical equipment and resource, and whilst we very much continue to service these areas robustly, we are becoming far more acutely aware of the importance surrounding the support of children and young people with the most complex mental health issues right here in Sussex.

“Following the fantastic success of a pilot scheme funded by Rockinghorse at Chalkhill, we want to continue our range of recovery focussed activities at the unit and this is what we’ll be helping to make happen with funds raised from this event today.”

Huge thanks to all who attended the event, including our sponsors: Mayo Wynne Baxter, Cobb Digital, Extech, Platinum Business Magazine, Hilton London Gatwick Airport Hotel and Fundraising Auctions.

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