The Bears banger racing team raise thousands for Rockinghorse

‘The Bears Big Bash’ returned for its sixth charity event last month in front of a packed crowd at Arlington Stadium in Eastbourne, raising an incredible £22,500 for Rockinghorse.

Over 100 drivers, from right across the UK and Ireland competed at the event to raise money for sick children in Sussex. The annual charity motorsport event, sponsored by Tadley Pet Supplies, is organised by The Bears National Banger team based in Brighton.

Michael Burnage MBE, event organiser and Rockinghorse ambassador, said: “It has been extremely challenging to raise the funds this year in what is a very difficult economic climate, but on the day the sun shone (maybe a little too much!) and the spectators were as generous as ever. Every family in Sussex has had or knows someone who has been treated at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton. Having had personal experiences within our own team, it is extremely important to us all to support the great work of the hospital and its staff.”

Funds raised by The Bears at this year’s event will enable us to purchase three new ventilators for the High Dependency Unit, as part of our current ventilator appeal for the Alex. In previous years, The Bears have raised funds to enable us to buy vital heart monitors for the children’s hospital, as well as life-saving defibrillators for The Connor Saunders Foundation.

Hollie Trezise, Schools and Community Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, said: “We can’t thank Michael Burnage and The Bears team enough for their incredible fundraising efforts again this year – what a fantastic amount of money raised! Their donation will go a long way to help our current ventilator appeal for the High Dependency Unit at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.”

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