Supporter snips off long locks to raise funds

Rockinghorse supporter Bud Johnston underwent the chop all in the name of charity, having decided to snip off his 6-year-old locks.

Raising money for the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton, Bud took part in what he referred to as the ‘Dreaded Snip’ last month, raising an incredible £1,620 for sick children in Sussex.

Bud was driven by his own personal experience to raise vital funds. Explaining his motivation behind the challenge, he said: “My son was admitted to hospital for emergency surgery at just two weeks old. The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital was outstanding and I wanted to do my part to show my appreciation.

“In respect of the time these doctors dedicate their lives to help others, I decided to part with my beloved locks. It takes on average six years of training and studying AFTER university graduation for doctors to qualify, which is the same amount of time I’d been growing my dreadlocks. I am pleased to say Jazari is now fully recovered, happy and healthy.”

Bud, who is Marketing Manager at Rivervale in Portslade, took to Facebook live on Tuesday 6 June once he’d hit his £1,500 target, so that those who had donated could watch him go under the chop.

Rockinghorse Chief Executive Ryan Heal, and Head of Fundraising, Analiese Doctrove, were delighted to meet with Bud at the Alex for an official cheque presentation, and to thank Bud for his fantastic fundraising efforts (pictured below).

As the official fundraising arm of the Alex, we raise money for items necessary to every child’s treatment; from furnishings and toys for the wards, through to cutting-edge diagnostic machines and life-saving medical equipment. To find out more about our work, please click here.

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