Waitrose community scheme success

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We were delighted to have been selected as a beneficiary charity for the Waitrose Community Matters scheme throughout January, which saw 20 branches in the South support Rockinghorse – many of them located in Sussex.

As part of the scheme, customers were given a token at the end of their shop to place in the Community Matters box in their local branch, to support one of the selected causes. Together, the participating branches raised £6,488 to help us make life better for sick children in Sussex – an incredible amount!

As the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton, 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. We also support the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) located in the neighbouring Royal Sussex County Hospital, and its sister, the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) based within the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

Sarah Beacham and Michelle Hale from the Burgess Hill branch of Waitrose, met with Liz McCluskey, Schools & Community Fundraiser at Rockinghorse, for an official cheque presentation at the Alex earlier this month (pictured above). Sarah and Michelle were also invited for a tour of the facilities by Amy Farmer, a member of the Play Team at the hospital, who demonstrated how some of the projects funded by us, has made a real difference.

Sarah, a Department Manager in Retail Support, explained why she championed Rockinghorse for the Community Matters scheme. She said: “My son Dylan spent his first month of life in the Alex after having life-saving surgery at just four days old for a malrotated bowel. The care we received was exceptional and the team of doctors and nurses who cared for Dylan were amazing.

“The time we all spent in hospital was very emotional and made much easier by all the extra things that Rockinghorse raise money to provide. Being December, the wards were decorated and there were carol singers and gifts for the children. It helped make us feel more in touch with the real world. I will be forever grateful and will continue to focus on raising money for such an amazing charity.”

Liz from Rockinghorse, added: “We have been overwhelmed with the support shown by Waitrose and are so pleased with the amount that has been raised through their Community Matters scheme. It was great to meet with both Sarah and Michelle and hear about their personal experiences in the Alex and the TMBU.”

The stores that supported Rockinghorse, were; Banstead, Brighton, Burgess Hill, Cobham, Crowborough, Coulsden, Dorking, Eastbourne, East Grinstead, Edenbridge, Epsom, Hailsham, Horley, Horsham, Hove, Lewes, Littlehampton, Storrington, Uckfield and Worthing. Thank you to all of their customers who chose to support us. Find out more about some of the projects we’re currently funding, by clicking here.

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