Toy collection for Rockinghorse appeal best yet.


Local schools, businesses, community groups and individuals took part in the annual festive fundraiser by wearing red and green and donating £1 towards the charity’s 50th year appeal; Sussex Giving for Sussex Children. So far more than £10,000 has been raised.

The charity’s Dress Yourself as an Elf event was again supported by Austin Rees with staff and suppliers donating Christmas presents and joined members of the Rockinghorse team and the Alex’s Play Team to deliver them to young patients on the wards.

Best-known as the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton, Rockinghorse recently launched its plans for their Golden Jubilee. They aim to raise £500,000 worth of funding in 2017 to be split between 10 children’s centres and paediatric services in Sussex.

Andrew Austin, Director of Austin Rees, said: “We have supported the Rockinghorse Dress as an Elf since its launch and as a firm are proud that we have had the opportunity to make a difference. Our Elves are busy the night before wrapping the hundreds of toys that have been so kindly been donated by staff, clients and contractors. When we visit The Alex our Elves really enjoy delivering presents that bring a smile to so many of the children.”


Analiese Doctrove, Head of Fundraising at Rockinghorse, added: “It has been wonderful to receive so much support for our Dress Yourself as an Elf Christmas fundraiser again this year. We are so grateful for the generosity shown by many of our schools and corporate partners from across Sussex. Their fundraising has helped us provide a great start to our 50th year appeal.”

To find out more about the charity, or to make a donation, visit them online at