Hampers project continues to make a difference

On Friday 22 December, Rockinghorse once again joined Lucy and Simon Pond from Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project, to gift families at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) and the neighbouring Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton with festive hampers.

The project, set up in memory of Lucy and Simon’s little boy Aidan, aims to support families who are staying in hospital over Christmas with their ill child. We’re proud to have been able to support this very special project for a fourth year, with 55 hampers being presented to families across both sites.

Money is raised throughout the year to fund the gifts, and throughout 2017 over £2,800 was raised through marathon sponsorship, quiz nights, individual donations and community events. Thank you to everyone who donated to the Aidan Christmas Dinner Project, helping to make a huge difference.

This year, the hampers were specially created by Caroline of Davenport Events and Caterers. They included luxury tea, coffee, mince pies, brownies, Christmas pudding, brandy butter and a special tree decoration. In addition to this, the project also paid for all the fresh ingredients for a festive lunch to be served to families on Christmas Day.

Davenport Events sourced a giant smoked turkey crown, fresh veg, pigs in blankets, stuffing and gravy, plus crackers and napkins to help make the hospital setting as festive as possible. High Weald Dairy also donated a ‘cheese course’ to accompany all the trimmings.

On the big day itself, a wonderful group of volunteers led by Martin Coatsworth of Ronald McDonald House in Brighton, gave up their Christmas to cook up a storm in the kitchens and serve lunch for parents and carers – we are so grateful to Martin and all the volunteers who donated their time to make a big difference.

We are very proud to be involved in the project, and we would like to thank everyone who supported Aidan’s Christmas Dinners in 2017. Your generosity and kindness ensured families going through the toughest of times were able to enjoy a festive dinner at Christmas.

If you would like to find out more information about the project, visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Aidans-Christmas-Dinner-Project-354518738061540/

To donate to next year’s Christmas dinners, please click on the following JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucy-pond3

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