The Bears Big Bash smash their fundraising!

The high-octane action annual banger race event recently took place in aid of Rockinghorse, raising...

The high-octane action annual banger race event recently took place in aid of Rockinghorse, raising nearly £23,000!

After its incredible success in 2021, the Brighton Bears award winning annual charity event, The Big Bash, returned to the Arlington Stadium near Eastbourne in August.

The event marked The Bears’ ninth charity meeting raising funds for Rockinghorse Children’s Charity. Considered the country’s largest and most respected team, The Bears, based in Newhaven, draws members from across the county including Brighton, Seaford, Worthing, Burgess Hill and Crawley.

Many of the sport’s top drivers from across the UK generously agreed to give up their time to support this worthy cause. The strength in depth of The Bears team often sees them victorious in the Destruction Derby where the last car running is the winner.

Not only is the capacity crowd royally entertained each year, but the event raises amazing amounts for us every year. To date they have raised nearly £200,000, helping us to purchase vital life-saving equipment for the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton along with other children’s healthcare settings around Sussex.

Michael Burnage, event organiser and Rockinghorse ambassador, said: “Wow. What an evening!” 

“All of the drivers put on such an incredible show, royally entertaining the huge crowd. It’s going to be hard to top that for our next event which will be our 10th running, but rest assured that The Bears will give it a good go.”

Hollie Tresize, Community Events Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, said: “Michael and the team at the Bears Big Bash have surpassed our expectations yet again this year. This is an astonishing amount to raise in just one evening and we can’t thank them enough.

“Donations of all sizes are wonderful but knowing that the whole crowd at this years event supported us in such an amazing way is really heart-warming.”

To find out more about the Big Bears Bash, take a look at their Facebook page here.