Sussex schools show their support

School’s out for summer! As another academic year draws to a close, it gives us the chance to reflect on the wonderful support we’ve received from our charity partners at schools, nurseries, colleges and universities across Sussex.

Staff and students have been busy supporting us through a variety of fundraising events and initiatives this school year, in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for sick children in Sussex.

From September 2017 to July 2018, our education partners have collectively raised an incredible £32,964 for Rockinghorse! They did it all – from dress-down days to bake sales, read-a-thons, school balls and dedicated Christmas and Easter activities (pictured below).

The total was boosted by Great Walstead School in Lindfield, who organised an ‘under-the-sea’ themed ball in May, raising £10,000 (pictured above). Elsewhere, Warden Park Academy in Cuckfield raised £5,235, supporting us as their chosen Charity of the Year (pictured above).

Hollie Trezise, Schools and Community Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, said: “It’s been another fantastic year for our education partners in Sussex and we are so very grateful for their wonderful fundraising achievements.

“Since joining the charity in February this year, I’ve really enjoyed working with local schools, nurseries, colleges and universities in Sussex, to talk about the work of Rockinghorse and how their support really does make a difference.”

As the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, we raise money for life-saving and cutting edge medical equipment, as well as ensuring that children are treated in an environment better suited to their needs.

Here at Rockinghorse, we also provide vital support to the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton, its sister site the Special Care Baby Unit in Haywards Heath, and other children’s centres and services across the county.

As part of our pledge to support sick children in Sussex, we have also partnered with The Connor Saunders Foundation to provide schools in the county with potentially life-saving defibrillators. This year alone, we have funded nine defibrillators in schools (pictured below at Cottesmore St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Hove), and since our partnership began in 2014, we have funded a total of 43 defibrillators for schools so far.

If your school, nursery, college or university can support us in the next academic year, we’d love to hear from you! Call us on 01273 330044 or email hollie@rockinghorse.org.uk to find out how we can work together.

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