Share your childhood memories of The Alex and Rockinghorse

Rockinghorse has been providing life-saving equipment and support to sick babies and children since 1967 and now the much-loved charity wants to hear from children and families that they have helped over the years.

As part of our ongoing #RememberRockingorse campaign, we are interested in talking to families who have been supported by the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Rockinghorse since 1967. Our aim is to be able to show how our work has impacted on the local community over the last 54 years.

We want your memories.

The plaque at the old Alex

Perhaps you were a patient at the old Alex on Dyke Road and remember the experience fondly? Or were you unwell as a child but now live an active, enjoyable life thanks to the support you received from the medical and nursing staff? You may even have been treated with a piece of equipment provided by Rockinghorse.

Whatever your experience we would love to hear from you!

Sometimes it can be hard to understand the long-term legacy that Rockinghorse and the Royal Alex have had as often they only see children and families when they are receiving unwell. But seeing how people thrive and develop after treatment is a great way of understanding the important role the charity plays.

The image that inspired our logo

Ryan Heal, Rockinghorse Chief Executive, thinks this is a great opportunity for families to share their stories and help show people the impact of their support: “As a Sussex based charity, we have supported hundreds of thousands of babies and children across the county since 1967. This support has ranged from medical equipment and services supporting children’s mental wellbeing to play equipment and research projects.

“We see how these help children and families when they are donated but we don’t often get to know the long-term benefits of our work. So, it will be wonderful to be able to hear from people who may now have families of their own about their positive experiences. We hope that this will help us compile a ‘living history’ of Rockinghorse along with helping people appreciate how we have helped and continue to help the most vulnerable in our community.”

How to let us know your experiences 

If you were treated in the Alex as a child and would like to share your memories of how you were supported, we would love to hear from you. All you need to do is contact our PR and Communication Manager, Alex Marshall, at to share your experiences.


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