Rockinghorse’s day out at Drusillas

Drusillas Park in Alfriston are proud to be supporting Rockinghorse as their Charity of the Year 2018. In support of their partnership this year, Drusillas invited guests of Rockinghorse to attend the Park for a special day out.

We were joined by young outpatients of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton and their families for a sunny visit, along with Amy Farmer and Alice Pashley from the BSUH Play Team.

Many of the children who joined us spend extended periods of time at the Alex with little opportunity to enjoy a family day out. The trip proved a real treat for many and families had all access passes to the Park, allowing them to enjoy seeing the incredible variety of animals who live there, as well as making the most of the rides and play areas.

Amy Farmer from the Play Team at the Alex, said: “We would like to say thank you to Drusillas and Rockinghorse for allowing some of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital patients and their families to enjoy a day out. Days out like this make such a difference to these families who have spent so much time in hospital, it was lovely to see so many smiley faces enjoying time together.”

Cheryl Piper, PR and Communications Manager at Rockinghorse, added: “We had a fantastic day at Drusillas and we are so grateful to them for donating family tickets to benefit young outpatients of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. The team here at Rockinghorse are so pleased to be the park’s chosen charity for 2018 and really appreciate their support.”

As the official fundraising arm of the Alex, we raise money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, whilst ensuring that children are treated in an environment better suited to their needs.

We also support the neighbouring Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton, the Special Care Baby Unit based at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and other paediatric services and children’s centres throughout Sussex.

Drusillas’ beautiful red panda, Mulan, is also helping to raise funds for our charity. Every time Mulan is adopted, 20% of all the proceeds will be donated to Rockinghorse.

Drusillas’ Managing Director, Christine Smith, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Rockinghorse in 2018. As Drusillas Park is enjoyed by so many young families it is very important to us to support a charity that provides such amazing care for children. We are very proud to be partnering with Rockinghorse and look forward to continuing to work closely with them over the course of the year. We are so pleased to hear everyone enjoyed their day out at Drusillas!”

Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, Drusillas Park is open daily from 10am. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit

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