Smart support from YouTube star

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Vlogger and online lifestyle star Niomi Smart has pledged her support for Rockinghorse ahead of our 50th anniversary.

The 24-year-old who was born in Brighton, joined us for a Christmas visit to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) earlier today (Friday 23 December). She helped us hand out festive hampers – part of the Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project – to parents of young patients who will be spending Christmas in the hospital, as well as visiting youngsters on the Surgical Ward to hand out presents.

Niomi is best-known for her weekly videos about food, fitness and fashion with over 1.8 million subscribers to her YouTube channel. Whilst on a Christmas break back in Brighton with her family, Niomi was keen to visit the Alex and spend time supporting Rockinghorse as well as chatting to a number of young patients on the wards.

Niomi also witnessed first-hand the work that we do to support the Alex, and enjoyed a tour of the facilities, including the dedicated SEA LIFE sensory room in the play department. She also videoed the final vlogmas message for her abundance of followers, which will go online Christmas Eve.

Speaking of her visit, Niomi said: “It has been amazing to come here to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital today and see first-hand the work of Rockinghorse. I knew they charity was doing great things, but actually coming here and seeing everything for myself has just blown my mind – they are making such a difference to both the patients and their parents.”

She has thrown her support behind our 50th year fundraising appeal for 2017 – Sussex Giving for Sussex Children – encouraging people to pledge their support and donate towards the £500,000 target set by us which will be split between 10 children’s centres and paediatric services in Sussex.

To view Niomi’s YouTube video following her visit, which has already had over 160,000 views, please click here: https://youtu.be/0iE7eNRHeOs

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