Peter Shilton supports Rockinghorse at sporting lunch

Peter Shilton OBE, the most capped player in English football history, was special guest speaker at the Best of British charity sporting lunch in Brighton on Friday (1 June) in aid of Rockinghorse.

Held at The Grand Hotel on Brighton seafront, the event welcomed football legend Shilton to the seaside to mark the 10th anniversary of the lunch. He joined over 500 guests for a three-course meal, before taking centre stage to share tales from his career, including stories from the world of international football and the infamous ‘hand of god’ moment in this World Cup year.

Since its launch in 2008, the Best of British Brighton charity lunch has welcomed a variety of sporting stars over the years, who have entertained guests with humorous and poignant tales from their sporting careers. They include Sir Henry Cooper, Gordon Banks, Jimmy Greaves, Nobby Stiles, Frank Bruno, Sir Geoff Hurst and Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards.

In the last decade, over £450,000 has been raised through the Best of British Brighton lunches which have supported a variety of local Sussex charities, and since 2013, the beneficiary charity has been Rockinghorse.

This year’s sold-out event has raised an incredible £36,500! Generous guests have helped us reach the fundraising goal for our latest project at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton, of which we are a vital supporter. Having launched the appeal at Christmas, we aimed to raise £120,000 to fund a state-of-the-art real-time digital X-ray imaging facility to help treat premature babies on the unit.

Ryan Heal, Rockinghorse Chief Executive and Founder of The Best of British charity lunches, said: “It has been an honour to run these events over the years and we were delighted to welcome Peter Shilton OBE to our 10th anniversary sporting lunch in Brighton – a true footballing legend.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our guests again this year, who have enabled us to achieve our TMBU appeal fundraising target. They have contributed to such an important cause which will help more premature babies in Sussex to lead a happy and healthy life.

“In my six-years at Rockinghorse, I am regularly humbled and inspired by our supporters, many themselves, having experienced the life-saving work of the Trevor Mann Baby Unit. Our thanks to everyone who has helped make a lasting difference by contributing to this appeal.”

We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us to raise a phenomenal amount of money at this year’s Best of British sporting lunch in Brighton, including our headline sponsors Overline, and co-sponsors; Clearline Recruitment, Leaders, City Cabs Brighton, Extech, Red7 and media partner, The Argus.

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