How Rockinghorse helps hospitalised children enjoy Christmas
Spending time in hospital over Christmas isn’t fun for anyone, but it’s even worse for children – not knowing if Father Christmas will know where to find them, not being able to enjoy Christmas at home with their family, not to mention being scared and worried about treatment.
Every year Rockinghorse brings Christmas to children in hospital; delivering advent calendars, decorations and presents to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton and children’s wards across Sussex.
They even make sure Father Christmas makes a visit and that families have a Christmas dinner to help them feel more at home during the festive period.
People can sponsor a star to be included in a light display at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and help give children in hospital the Christmas they deserve.
If you can be a Rockinghorse Star this Christmas, it will help children enjoy the Christmas they deserve despite being in hospital at a time they should be at home with their families.
Holly is a mum whose baby girl Kennedi spent Christmas at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. “My daughter was in critical care over Christmas. I remember that Santa came to visit on Christmas day. It was lovely for my other child to receive a present when we visited. These small things really helped to calm me down and relax while being in one of the most stressful times of my life.”
Star sponsorship options to support children over Christmas
There are lots of ways to help children spending time in hospital this Christmas. You can donate straight to the charity, arrange a present collection in your local area or sponsor a star in a dazzling projection on the side of the Royal Alexandra Children’s hospital in December.
Rockinghorse want to light up the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital with a starry sky projection to show the children that people are thinking of them this Christmas.
To help them do this, sponsor a star to be included in this display, the charity has a range of sponsorship options available:
- £100 Gold Star – this amount could pay for a decorated Christmas tree on the wards to make the hospital feel more Christmassy.
- £50 Silver Star – a donation of £50 could pay for a child and their family to attend a Christmas party with a visit from Santa and lots of festive food and entertainment
- £25 Star – this could provide a child in hospital over Christmas with a gift to open on the big day.
Whatever you are able to donate, every single penny will help ensure that children get the Christmas they deserve, even if they are in hospital.
Find out more about how you can support Rockinghorse on their website at: www.rockinghorse.org.uk.