Supporting Whoopsadaisy

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Here at Rockinghorse, our aim is to improve the lives of sick children across Sussex.

We are best known for our work at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton, but we also support other children’s centres, services and charity organisations in the county.

We are very pleased to have provided over £6,000 of funding to Whoopsadaisy – a Sussex based charity for children with physical disabilities. They help children affected by disability to live life as independently as possible, using the principles of Conductive Education.

Based in Preston Park in Brighton, the charity aims to raise £140,000 this year in order to maintain the vital service they provide to many families. The funding provided by Rockinghorse has enabled Whoopsadaisy to purchase a range of equipment to support their work, including; sensory items, play sets, furnishings, educative equipment and a large specially adapted trike demonstrated beautifully by Benji (pictured below) who some of you may recognise from our ‘real life stories’ page – please click here to find out more.

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We visited the team at Whoopsadaisy last week (Thursday 12 May) to see the equipment being used by some of the children who attend the morning play and education session – many of whom are outpatients of the Alex, with some also having spent time in the TMBU. We were delighted to meet with Helen Palmer and Sue Woolford from the charity (pictured above with Ryan Heal and Louise Bartha from Rockinghorse) who spoke to us about their work, which is tailored to the needs of each child.

Louise, Individuals and Campaigns Manager here at Rockinghorse, said: “It was great to meet the Whoopsadaisy team, along with some of the children and parents that they support through their wonderful work. The sessions are very interactive with carers encouraging parents and children to work together as part of each activity. It was lovely to see the equipment we funded being used and enjoyed and to know it really is making a difference to so many families who rely on the service provided by Whoopsadaisy.”

To find out more about some of the other projects we’ve recently funded, please click here.

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