The festival’s chosen charities are Rockinghorse and FareShare Brighton & Hove. Through our events we work hard to raise vital money for their work in the city, and to raise their overall profile.
Rockinghorse: The Official Fundraising Arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Trevor Mann Baby Unit
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.
They are the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) and also support the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU), where they 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.
Rockinghorse believe no matter where they are, children should be allowed to be children.
Working in partnership with the Alex and TMBU, they strive to make services stimulating, cutting edge and accessible for the many babies, children and teenagers who need them.
They do not receive any government funding and so they rely on the generous support of individuals, community groups, companies and trusts: people like you.
FareShare: Fighting Food Poverty in Brighton & Hove
FareShare Brighton & Hove fights food poverty by redistributing quality surplus food from the food industry to organisations working with homeless and vulnerable people in the community. Not only is food diverted from landfill to reach those most in need, it also helps the projects they support to make the most of their scarce budgets.
Last year FareShare Brighton & Hove delivered 305 tonnes of surplus food to 53 organisations supporting the homeless, families facing food poverty, troubled teenagers, women escaping abuse, children from deprived areas, and adults suffering from HIV/AIDS or mental health issues.
With food prices rising, many Brighton and Hove residents are struggling to include fresh food and healthy ingredients in their diet and FareShare have seen a large increase in demand for food from the organisations they deliver to.
Through the generosity of individuals, support of grant-giving organisations and their committed volunteers, many of whom have been homeless or struggled with mental illness or addiction themselves, FareShare are able to carry on their vital work.
Want to get involved? Here’s how:
• Make a monthly donation – You can donate by Direct Debit, JustGiving or straight from your salary through the Payroll Giving scheme.
• Fundraise – whether a sponsored silence or a charity gig, please consider supporting FareShare. Contact via at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every £1 donated delivers £8 of food, enough for 6 meals, so with your help FareShare can continue to provide healthy food to those who need it.
In the 10 Years that FareShare Brighton & Hove has been active they have delivered over 2,300 tonnes of food to those most vulnerable within society. By supporting them you will be directly fighting hunger and food waste today and every day.