Gift boxes celebrate baby unit graduates

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2017, we’re gifting special baby boxes to new parents at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton and its sister site, the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Haywards Heath.

To mark our special year, we’ve created a gift box for every baby discharged from either the TMBU or SCBU. Inside the box is a special 2017 graduation baby grow and bib courtesy of our friends at 3 Blonde Bears, a gorgeous handmade sensory blanket donated to us by Project Linus UK, as well as a gold-plated Rockinghorse pin badge for parents and a 50th anniversary edition Rockinghorse wristband. The bespoke box has been designed by the team at Face Media Group.

Louise Bartha, Appeals & Trusts Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, said: “We’re delighted to have gifted our very first baby box this week in celebration of a little baby boy from Burgess Hill who has just been discharged from SCBU. Huge thanks to our partners 3 Blonde Bears, Face Media Group and Project Linus UK for making these gift boxes possible.”

Jo Myles, Founder and Managing Director of 3 Blonde Bears, had premature twins back in 2009. She explains why she’s supporting the project: “Both Amelie and Dexter were taken to the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at birth and then moved to the Special Care Baby Unit in Haywards Heath, before coming home six weeks later. The staff and support offered in both units was excellent and went beyond the call of duty. I’m extremely pleased to be supporting Rockinghorse with the baby box project in their 50th year.”

If your baby has recently been discharged from TMBU or SCBU and you would like to receive one of our celebratory baby boxes free of charge, please contact Louise by calling the Rockinghorse office on 01273 330044 or by emailing

If you’ve received a baby box, we’d love to hear from you too. Please get in touch with Louise via the details above, or feel free to tag us on social media; or @Rockinghorse67 on Twitter using the hashtag #50BabyBox.

Rockinghorse was set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann as an appeal to provide the first neonatal incubator outside of London. The fundraising was a great success and the equipment was purchased for the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton to treat premature babies. The appeal marked not only the beginning of our charity, but also the very early days of what later became the Trevor Mann Baby Unit – and the rest as they say, is history!

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