Being stuck at home is a challenge for the whole family but Rockinghorse’s new kids’ activity pack aims to give children something to do whilst still raising vital funds for the charity.
The campaign aims to reinforce the message of how important it is to keep funding the small charity to enable them to carry on providing support to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.
During the last financial year Rockinghorse gave away nearly £450k of funding to a variety of projects aimed at supporting sick children including eight new ventilators for the HDU at the Royal Alex – vital equipment during the current Coronovirus outbreak.
However, their funding stream has been severely diminished due to events such as marathons and gala dinners being postponed.
Sid Sloane, Rockinghorse Trustee and CBeebies presenter, explains why now, more than ever, the charity needs help; “Rockinghorse has been providing life-saving equipment to help sick children across Sussex for over 50 years. However, due to the current situation, their funds are being seriously depleted, and this will directly impact on the support the Royal Alex can provide.
“There are lots of ways that you and your family can get involved and raise money, even while you are confined to your home.
“Children respond amazingly well to being set a challenge and this new pack provides lots of these along with games, puzzles and fundraising ideas, many of which are also aimed at helping around the home. Whatever you can do, big or small, will really help Rockinghorse at this incredibly challenging time.”
The Rockinghorse Force
The new Rockinghorse Force centers around building a team of heroes dedicated to making a difference by raising money for Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.
Within the pack there are four challenges for children to complete which their family and friends can sponsor them to take part in. These challenges include problem solving, helping, making and activity tasks all designed to be both fun and interesting.
Participants can then post pictures of their achievements on social media using the #BeaRockinghorseHero hashtag or send their success stories into the charity. Everyone who sends in their completed activity pack along with the funds raised will received an official Rockinghorse Force Certificate and badge so everyone will know what they have achieved.
Along with the pack, Sid will also be reading stories for younger children and these videos will be posted on the Rockinghorse website every week. This will be a great opportunity for children to enjoy a story and some quiet time so look out for these in the coming weeks.
To find out more go to: www.rockinghorse.org.uk/news/join-the-rockinghorse-force/