Rockinghorse runners marathon achievement

Claire Chard thought it was an incredible day and enjoyed the support of spectators.

The 2019 London Marathon took place on Sunday 28 April with thousands of runners and spectators descending on the capital, many running for charities and causes close to their heart.

Each year we are lucky to be awarded a handful of ‘golden bond’ Rockinghorse places for runners who can each raise over £1,000 in sponsorship. Together, our London Marathon runners have raised £6,000 and counting, as money continues to be donated.

How will the money make a difference?

This year, our London Marathon runners are raising funds for Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit. Based in the grounds of the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, Chalkhill is the only unit of its kind in Sussex.

We’ve been working closely with Chalkhill since 2015 when the Rockinghorse Activities Programme was developed. Supporting young people with mental health conditions, our activities programme complements the medical and educational work of the unit and has been recognised as a key contributor to a young person’s recovery.

You can read more about the Rockinghorse Activities Programme, here.

Emma Tagliavini is a Critical Care Nurse at the Alex and is delighted to have raised £1,700.

Thanks to our fab runners!

We couldn’t do it without you; thanks to this year’s London Marathon Rockinghorse runners who have helped us raise thousands of pounds to support young people in Sussex.

For one of our London Marathon runners, supporting Rockinghorse is especially close to her heart. Emma Tagliavini is a Critical Care Nurse at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton. We are very proud to be the official fundraising arm of the Alex, raising money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, as well as providing additional items and services.

Many of the young people being treated at Chalkhill are outpatients of the Alex. Emma completed the marathon in five hours and 28 minutes. She says it’s “the hardest thing she’s ever done” but is “delighted to raise £1,700 for Rockinghorse.”

Natalie Howe completed the marathon in four hours 34 minutes, raising over £1,700 for Rockinghorse. She says, “Rockinghorse is a charity that has helped so many of our friends over the years. We are so fortunate to have had two boys that have not needed the support of Rockinghorse but are amazed at the work they do to support families when they most need it. I’m hoping we will never need to rely on them but that by facing this challenge, I can help families during their worst times.”

Claire Chard was another of our wonderful runners. She says, “What a day it was – simply incredible! The atmosphere was amazing and the kindness and generosity all around took my breath away. It was like nothing I’ve experienced and knowing it was all for such a great cause made it something I will never forget. Thank you for the opportunity to run and raise money for Rockinghorse in such a very special way.”

Natalie Howe knows many families who have benefited from the work of Rockinghorse.

How can you help?

If you’re feeling inspired by the London Marathon, we’re looking for runners to take part in Brighton Run2Music on Saturday 11 May. By running for Rockinghorse, you can sign up to a 5k, 10k or 21k course for FREE when you pledge to raise a minimum of £75 in sponsorship.

To find out more, please click here.

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