Splashing time at charity watersports challenge

Starr Water Wars’ 2019 competitors (photo courtesy of Darren Baker from DPI Photography).

Two Brighton-based charities joined forces for a fantastic fundraising day at Hove Lagoon, with Sussex businesses making a splash!

Rockinghorse accompanied the Starr Trust to host the ‘Starr Water Wars’ challenge on Sunday 1 September. The fundraising event saw participants battle it out on the water in a bid to be crowned 2019 champions.

18 teams of four people went head-to-head in a number of thrilling water-based challenges. They included giant paddle boarding, kayaking, tug-of-war, volleyball and the challenge finale; a paddle boarding relay race!

Teams went head-to-head in a series of water based challenges (photo courtesy of Darren Baker at DPI Photography).

Thousands of pounds raised

An incredible £6,000 was raised to support the important work of both our children’s charities. The Starr Trust supports young people aged 10-18 to fulfil their potential in Art, Sport and Education and here at Rockinghorse, we are best known as the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.

Hosted by BBC Radio Sussex presenter, Guy Lloyd, who was joined by DJ Immon, over 100 spectators enjoyed the September sunshine whilst cheering on the teams, made up of local businesses. The Hairy Dog Brewery beer tent was a welcome addition this year, alongside the delicious BBQ banquet and Candyland Sweetshop.

Challenges included a paddle board relay race!

Challenges included a paddle board relay race! (photo courtesy of Darren Baker at DPI Photography).

2019 winners

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were crowned the 2019 Starr Water Wars winners. Second place was awarded to Brighton City Electrical, with Gardner & Scardifield coming in third place.

Other businesses that participated, were; IEP Financial, Seico Mortgages, Crunch Accounting, Healy’s, Brightview Lofts, Clearline, Enterprise, Fundraising Auctions, Hilton Brighton Metropole, Studio Gobo, Pryzm, and the Treatment Rooms.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were crowned 2019 winners (photo courtesy of Darren Baker at DPI Photography).

Thank you!

Rosie Molloy, Fundraising Manager at The Starr Trust, said, “We are so grateful to all the businesses that put in teams, especially Beales and Airsprung who were our headline sponsors for the fourth year running. Everyone had a brilliant time in the gorgeous sunshine. We were treated to a delicious BBQ courtesy of Steyning Butchers and Barfields Butchers. The marquee was kindly donated by ABC Structures, all helping to make the day a huge success.”

Terrina Barnes, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, added, “We are delighted with the support received at the 2019 Starr Water Wars. It was great to see so many teams take part in the event at Hove Lagoon and raise a fantastic amount of money for our two charities – thank you so much! On behalf of Rockinghorse, I’d like to give a special mention to Green People as shirt sponsors again this year, and to Darren Baker from DPI Photography who very kindly came along to take the official photos.”

If you’d like to get involved in a charity challenge for Rockinghorse, head over to the events section of our website to find out more.

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