Online auction organised by Sussex business owner raises £10,000 for Rockinghorse

Charlotte Freeland, who runs her own beauty clinic business in Brighton, organised the auction to raise much needed funds for the children’s charity.

Charlotte and Michael in hospital

Charlotte Freeland has been fundraising for Rockinghorse since her son Michael was born in October 2017. During labour Michael got an infection and was transferred to the Trevor Mann Baby Unit for a few weeks for treatment.

While in hospital, Charlotte and her husband Patrick found out more about the work of Rockinghorse and immediately started fundraising for the charity. As Charlotte explains: “Michael received such great care while he was in the TMBU but he was only in there for two weeks. Some people are in there for much longer with very different outcomes and we wanted to make sure everyone felt as supported as we did.”

Charlotte ran the half marathon for Rockinghorse in 2019 but decided to try and organise something for this year that didn’t involve running! And after seeing a similar auction Charlotte hit upon the idea of organising her own version.

Charlotte’s husband is Patrick owns the Lanes Watch Company in Brighton and started the prize donations by donating a Rolex watch. This was quickly followed up with support from their friends and clients donating a range of other great prizes such as gift hampers, restaurant vouchers and beauty treatments, and the prizes were rounded off with a £1,000 treatment voucher from Charlotte’s own company, Charlotte Freeland Aesthetics.

Charlotte is a registered adult nurse and developed a special interest in non-surgical cosmetic procedures which prompted her to start her own clinic in 2017.

Charlotte with Michael now

The auction offered tickets for a minimum donation of £50 but participants were able to buy as many tickets as they wanted. And following a live stream by Charlotte on Monday 12 October, the winners of each prize were announced.

When the auction finished, a staggering £10,000 was raised for Rockinghorse. This is an amazing amount of money that will really help support the charity during one of the most difficult year’s in its history. And Charlotte was really pleased at the end result too: “I am thrilled at the amount we have been able to raise for this brilliant charity. I know how difficult the last few months have been for Rockinghorse and I’m just so glad we have been able to help.”

Rhian Walsh, Finance Manager for Rockinghorse, explained how this donation will help the charity: “Over the last few months we have lost over £100,000 of donations and we fully expect this figure to increase in the run up to Christmas. Many of the events that we had postponed until the autumn have now been re-postponed or cancelled all together which is why the money raised with this auction is so welcome.

“We rely on wonderful supporters like Charlotte who go out of their way to organise their own fundraising events. Big or small, everything will help us pull through this difficult year and continue to support children and families throughout Sussex.”

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