SoccerFix experience enjoyed by young people

Harry Shooman from SoccerFix with Amy Farmer from the play team at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital.

Young people were treated to an afternoon of footballing fun, organised by SoccerFix in partnership with Rockinghorse.

SoccerFix provides football sessions in the local community of Brighton and throughout wider Sussex. Founded by Harry Shooman, they work with local community groups, schools and societies to encourage and enhance personal development through football.

Supporting children and young people in hospital

During the Easter school holidays, SoccerFix partnered with Rockinghorse to provide one-to-one and group relaxed football sessions. Together, we aimed to create an outdoors activity to benefit the children and young people supported by our charity.

Afternoon sessions were held at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton, and Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit (Chalkhill) in Haywards Heath. You can watch the video via our YouTube channel, below…

We are proud to be a vital supporter of both hospitals, raising funds for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment. Here at Rockinghorse, we also provide additional funding for services and items to ensure that children are treated in an environment better suited to their needs.

Creating positive steps for mental health

Hannah Seltzer, challenge events fundraising manager at Rockinghorse, said: “It was wonderful to be able to provide something a little bit different to our hospital partners this Easter. Sporting activities such as football can be very positive for a young person’s mental health, so we are very grateful to Harry from SoccerFix for enabling us to provide this experience during the Easter school holidays.”

Harry Shooman, founder of SoccerFix, added: “I’m delighted to be able to support such a fantastic local charity. Rockinghorse provides so much for children and young people in Sussex through their fundraising, so to be part of that has been amazing. It was a great couple of days for SoccerFix and we were touched by our experiences at both hospitals. We very much look forward to supporting Rockinghorse again in the future.”

Harry from SoccerFix pictured at Chalkhill and with Hannah from Rockinghorse at the Alex.

The Rockinghorse Activities Programme

Chalkhill supports young people with mental health illnesses and is the only hospital of its kind in Sussex. We have set up the ‘Rockinghorse Activities Programme’ to complement the clinical and educational work of the unit. The scheme provides opportunities for young people to get involved in activity-led therapeutic sessions on and off site.

To find out more about our projects, including the activities programme at Chalkhill, please click here.

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