Rockinghorse shortlisted for Charity Times award.

We have recently been shortlisted in the national Charity Times Awards in the Charity of...

We have recently been shortlisted in the national Charity Times Awards in the Charity of the Year category.

These awards, organised by Charity Times, are now in their 25th year, honour the outstanding work of charities across the UK, and showcase organisations big and small that work, day in, day out, to improve the lives of children and young people in their communities.

Our entry is in the category of Charity of the Year with an income of under £1m and outlines the work that we do as a charity within the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and across the county during the previous year.

Our submission described the impact we have had over the last year including supporting more than 380,000 children, recruited 42 champions across the NHS, supported 19 different healthcare settings across Sussex, and supported 68 projects including toys, life-saving equipment, child-friendly spaces, ground-breaking research, activities, and additional staff.

Our dedication to supporting babies, children and young people, aims to alleviate pressures for families and NHS staff alike.

One of our Champions, Lynne Mould, Paediatric Matron at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, sums up our impact by saying, “Our NHS budgets just don’t allow for many of these things. But it’s these extras that can make a patient’s journey so much more enhanced.”

At a time where the NHS is dealing with an array of stresses, being able to support the staff in going the extra mile is paramount to us achieving our mission. Thanks to the feedback we receive from people like Lynne, we can see that our support is felt on the ground within the NHS.

We are proud to have an ever-widening impact on our local community, utilising the funds we receive as best we can: we work closely with our beneficiaries and ask for feedback to inform future programs and improve service quality.

Being shortlisted for the Charity Times Award showcases the remarkable and essential impact on the local and broader community Rockinghorse has had, showing the work is indispensable in filling a critical gap.

We are pleased to share the shortlist with five other inspiring charities, all of whom do excellent work in supporting their young communities (Digitall, Power the Fight, Sal’s Shoes, Waltham Forest Community Hub and Zubeda Welcome). We are delighted to have received recognition for our work and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a win at the award ceremony, September 25th at the London Marriot Hotel.

Wish us luck!