Rockinghorse supports sick and disabled children throughout Sussex and the south-east of England. Working with local hospitals - primarily the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton - and respite centres and other specialist health services, projects focus on improving children’s emotional and physical well-being.
All Rockinghorse projects and appeals are in direct response to needs identified by medical and care professionals working with sick and disabled children. Projects are designed by healthcare teams and seek to address the medical and social needs of children, and inevitably come about as a result of assessments and consultations with individual children and families.
As the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, and primary funder of the Trevor Mann Baby Unit, they pride themselves on their excellent relationship with both hospital staff and local families who use the NHS services throughout Sussex, to ensure the projects they fund have the biggest impact and most positive outcomes possible within the community.
This year, Rockinghorse have launched an appeal to provide a Digital X-ray Imaging Machine for the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton, to help treat premature babies. Based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, the TMBU provides intensive care for sick and premature babies. The unit is named after Dr Trevor Mann, founder of Rockinghorse, who was intrinsic to paediatric care in Sussex, and a consultant on the unit for many years. To enable them to fully fund the equipment, they need to raise in excess of £100,000 to deliver the new facility. The X-ray Imaging Machine will provide staff at the TMBU with an instant X-ray image, allowing immediate modification of lines and tubes on a premature baby.
Money raised from the appeal will significantly improve the overall experience of a preterm infant, who typically requires multiple X-rays to be taken during their admission. Over 550 babies a year are admitted to the TMBU, and it is not uncommon for a baby to require up to 30 X-rays during their stay on the unit. The new digital imaging system which they are fundraising for would completely change the way in which staff at the unit can treat their tiny patients. With your help, we’d love to make this possible. Raising money for crucial, life saving equipment isn’t easy, Rockinghorse don’t receive any government funding and rely solely on the support of local business, communities and people like YOU.
Or if you’d like to support them in other ways, they have some brilliant events lined up this year such as the iDrop Charity Abseil or the Best of British Sporting Lunch.