Splashing time at watersports charity challenge

We joined forces with fellow Brighton-based children’s charity The Starr Trust for a fantastic day of fundraising at Hove Lagoon on Sunday 2 September.

Together we hosted the Starr Water Wars Challenge, which saw participants take part in a series of water-based tasks at the lagoon in a bid to be crowned 2018 champions.

Sixteen teams of four competitors went head-to-head in a number of challenges, including giant paddle boarding, kayaking, raft building and the competition finale – a raft race across the lagoon!

In excess of £5,000 was raised (with money still being donaed) to support the important work of both our 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 Latest TV presenter Guy Lloyd, competitors welcomed the September sunshine as teams battled to become Starr Water Wars champions. There was a lot of intense (playful!) team rivalry but following a thrilling finale, Bright View Lofts were crowned the winners, with second place going to Sheridan Coopers and Jury’s Inn coming in third.

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 third year running. Everyone had such a fantastic time, and the gorgeous sunshine, delicious BBQ courtesy of Steyning Butchers and marquee donated by ABC Structures all helped to make the day a huge success.”

Terrina Barnes, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, added: “What a day! Well done to everyone who joined us at Hove Lagoon to make Starr Water Wars such a great event and raise a fantastic amount of money. We couldn’t have done it without the support of some very generous businesses and individuals, including Green People who were shirt sponsors, so our thanks to those who helped make the day happen.”

To register your interest and involvement in Starr Water Wars next year, email terrina@rockinghorse.org.uk.

A very BIG thank you from all of us here at Rockinghorse for the wonderful support received for the event. A special mention to…

Hove Lagoon, Gemini Print, Airsprung Group PLC, Beales Department Stores, Green People, Lost Pier Brewing, Platinum Business Group, ABC Structures, Sussex Promotions, Steyning Butchers, Euro Self Drive, Truffles Bakery, Edgar’s Water, CSM Cakes and photographer Louise Disney (all photos above courtesy of Louise).

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