Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus have picked Rockinghorse as their Charity of the Year, celebrating the new partnership by dedicating a bus to it.
The bus, which honours the children’s charity and marks its forthcoming Golden Jubilee anniversary in 2017, pays homage to Dr Trevor Mann, founder of the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital – and bears his name on the front.
In 1967, Dr Mann set up the Baby Unit and Rockinghorse, recognising that there was a real need for additional resources to improve health care for sick children and babies.
Brighton & Hove Buses Managing Director Martin Harris said: “Rockinghorse is a charity close to the heart of many of our colleagues and customers. We are really excited to celebrate the launch of our new partnership with this special dedicated bus.
“Many of Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus employees have family members who have received help from the charity and are backing the bus companies’ choice of Rockinghorse as our Charity of the Year.”
Bus company Senior Supervisor Nick Stepney said: “In February, my granddaughter was born 14 weeks premature and weighed only two pounds and six ounces. The Trevor Mann Baby Unit was instrumental in nursing her through early development to reach a healthy weight.
“The care and consideration she and the whole family received was fabulous. We couldn’t thank the Rockinghorse enough for the support they have given us – so it’s great that they are now our Charity of the Year.”
Ryan Heal, Chief Executive of Rockinghorse Children's Charity, said: “This Charity of the Year partnership further cements the ongoing relationship we have with both parties.
“The bus companies have great heritage in the city and across Sussex, so we are particularly delighted to receive such fantastic support.”
Rockinghorse is the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital – “the Alex” – and also supports the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton as well as the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), based within the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.
It raises money for life-saving, state-of-the-art medical equipment while ensuring that children are treated in an environment that is better suited to their needs.
Working in partnership with the Alex, TMBU and SCBU, Rockinghorse strives to make services stimulating, cutting edge and accessible for the many babies, children and teenagers who need them.
The bus is due to go into service in the next couple of weeks.
Brighton & Hove Buses & Metrobus
Pictured: Ryan Heal – Chief Executive (Rockinghorse)