Supporter completes LEJOG challenge

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Rockinghorse supporter Andrew Nash has completed the ultimate charity challenge, raising money for a very special cause…

Andrew is the Managing Director of Sussex Promotions (promotional product experts) and took on a gruelling Lands End to John O’Groats cycle challenge in September, completing a 984 mile journey. He was raising money for Rockinghorse in memory of his friend Mo Barling.

Through his efforts, Andrew smashed his £2,500 target to raise an incredible £5,299 to help us make life better for sick children in Sussex. The funds raised have enabled the purchase of three mobile entertainment units for the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton, that can be used in waiting areas and on the wards.

The entertainment stations have each been wrapped in a bespoke Brighton scene by The Sussex Sign Company and will make such a difference to young patients spending time at the Alex. Each unit includes an HD gaming monitor and an X-Box as well as two X-Box controllers and games and videos suitable for age groups that are treated by the Alex.

We invited Andrew to join us at the Alex just before Christmas, to officially reveal the entertainment stations (pictured above with Rockinghorse CEO Ryan Heal and Amy Farmer, Play Specialist at the Alex), which are now in use at the children’s hospital.

Andrew explained his motivation behind the challenge, he said: “The ride was part-inspired through the loss of a dear friend, Mo Barling. She was Matron of the A&E department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, and as a mum to three boys was often involved in Paediatrics. In discussion with Rockinghorse and some of the staff at the Alex, I set about raising the funds needed for a mobile entertainment solution that could be used in waiting areas and on the wards.”

Ryan Heal, Rockinghorse CEO, added: “We’re delighted that Andrew chose to support us through his LEJOG cycle ride. In discussions with the Alex, he has enabled us to provide a fully integrated entertainment unit that is portable enough to be transferred from ward to ward. On behalf of Rockinghorse and the Alex, we’d like to thank Andrew for his amazing support.”

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