Runners help raise thousands for Rockinghorse

Ryan Heal, Rockinghorse CEO, enjoying the Brighton Half Marathon.

Thousands of runners braved the blustery conditions on Brighton seafront to complete the city’s half marathon on Sunday 23 February.

Many of those who took part ran for charity’s and causes, including 26 runners who ran for Rockinghorse. Together, they have raised £14,000 for the Rockinghorse, helping us to continue our valuable work for children in Sussex. 

Helping young people with cancer. 

The funds raised will be donated to the Oncology service at the Alex, where the charity has a dedicated Rockinghorse Clinical Psychologist. Dr Alice Emond specialises in psychological support for children and young people during, and after their treatment for cancer.  

By integrating clinical psychologists into paediatric care, the charity can ensure that the emotional wellbeing of children and their families are both assessed and addressed. 

Chloe Coward, a play worker at the Alex, was one of the runners who took part in the Brighton Half Marathon raising funds for Rockinghorse. She says, “The charity works very closely with our team at the hospital. They fund toys and items that enable us to achieve the very best hospital experience we can for children. 

“I’m a keen runner and wanted to show my support for Rockinghorse and all the wonderful work they do for us. I get to see first-hand what a huge difference the charity has on children’s lives each and every day. The smiles they help us create are more than worth the miles!”  

Jan Thomas, Deputy Theatre Manager at the Royal Alex, and ‘friend’!

Thanks to all our supporters.

Lucy Pond, the challenge events fundraising manager at Rockinghorse, said; “We are so grateful to our team of Brighton Half Marathon runners for their wonderful support. They’ve gone over and above to help us raise much needed funds for the Alex and we can’t thank them enough for their wonderful fundraising achievements.” 

There’s still time to support the charity by taking part in the upcoming BM Ride on Sunday 19 April. To sign-up, call the Rockinghorse office on 01273 330044 or email 

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