Runners raise thousands for Rockinghorse at Brighton Half Marathon

Charities are expressing thanks after runners raised nearly £1million at the Brighton Half Marathon, according to organisers.

Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 2:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 2:27 pm
A Rockinghorse supporter at Brighton Half Marathon

Thousands of pounds were raised for Rockinghorse alone with 26 marathon runners fundraising for the Sussex children’s charity.

A total of £14,000 was raised for the charity which is the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton.

Lucy Pond, challenge events fundraising manager at Rockinghorse, said: “We are so grateful to our team of Brighton Half Marathon runners for their wonderful support.

A runner supporting Rockinghorse at the Brighton half, photo by Lucy Pond

“They’ve gone over and above to help us raise much needed funds for the Alex and we can’t thank them enough for their wonderful fundraising achievements.”

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Funds raised by the runners will support the oncology department at the Alex where the charity’s dedicated clinical psychologist, Dr Alice Emond, is based.

Dr Emond is supported by Rockinghorse so that she can continue to provide emotional support to young patients and their families.

Rockinghorse runners raised £14,000 for the charity, photo by Lucy Pond

Chloe Coward is a play worker at the hospital and took part in the Brighton Half Marathon for Rockinghorse.

She said: “The charity works very closely with our team at the hospital. They fund toys and items that enable us to achieve the very best hospital experience we can for children.

“I’m a keen runner and wanted to show my support for Rockinghorse and all the wonderful work they do for us.

“I get to see first-hand what a huge difference the charity has on children’s lives each and every day. The smiles they help us create are more than worth the miles!”

26 runners supported Rockinghorse at the Brighton Half Marathon, photo by Lucy Pond

Rockinghorse is calling on experienced runners and beginners alike to support the charity at the upcoming Brighton Marathon and accompanying bike ride on Sunday, April 19.

More information about signing up can be found by calling the Rockinghorse office on 01273 330044 or by emailing [email protected]