Rockinghorse Appeal





At Rockinghorse Children's Charity, the aim is to improve the lives of sick children throughout Sussex.

Rockinghorse is a Brighton-based charity which has been supporting children for over 45 years. It was set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann, who recognised there was a real need for additional resources to improve healthcare services for sick children and babies.

We are the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) and also support the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU), where we raise money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, while ensuring that children are treated in an environment that is better suited to their needs.

We believe no matter where they are, children should be allowed to be children. 

Working in partnership with the Alex and TMBU, we strive to make services stimulating, cutting edge and accessible for the many babies, children and teenagers who need them.

We do not receive any government funding and so we rely on the generous support of individuals, community groups, companies and trusts: people like you.

During autumn 2014 Brunel’s Chapter Charities committee organised two activities to raise money for Rockinghorse. They ran a steady-hand toy competition, to participate required a donation to charity and if you managed to get the hand piece to the end of the wire without the buzzer going off, which spelled competition in the Maths Courtyard at lunchtimes for 2 weeks.  If you succeeded you were entered into a prize draw, the winner of which was Callum Ayling who won a big tub of Quality Streets.

The Charities committee also bakes gingerbread people and sold them at lunch time and after school to raise money for charity.  Over £50 was raised for Rockinghorse and I would like to thank Kelly Rose, Millie Adcock, Zak Sharpe and Bethany Hilton for their hard work and commitment and Matt Jukes for his baking expertise.

To celebrate Christmas the Brunel students elected to compete once again and decorate the doors of their tutor bases.  The competition got fierce between students and staff and everyone really pulled out all the stops! No one could beat B1 however for the second time in a row whose door the Year 12 photography students voted in first place, 2nd was B5 and 3rd place went to B11.  I would like to thank the staff and students of Brunel for their creativity and enthusiasm.


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