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Superhero Fun & Fundraising

Thu, Sep 5, 2013

A Superhero Fun Day has raised over £3,000 for a local children's charity.

The fun day held at Brighton Racecourse on Sunday (1 September) saw over three thousand people through the gates, helping to raise £3,200 for Rockinghorse - the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital (the Alex) and a vital supporter of the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU). Funds raised include a donation from Santander and a cheque presented by NCP for £2,000.

Sponsored by Gatwick Airport, seven races were held across the course of the afternoon, preceded by a mascot race which was won by Muppet character Rowlf the Dog. There was plenty of family entertainment on offer, including fairground rides, face painting and the chance for kids to meet superheroes Batman, Catwoman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

Brighton-based Rockinghorse raises money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, whilst ensuring that children are treated in an environment better suited to their needs. The charity recently purchased two portable ultrasound machines for both the Children's A&E Department at the Alex, and the TMBU.

Stuart Dorn, General Manager of Brighton Racecourse, said: "It was great to have a Family Race Day back at Brighton after three years. We were delighted to welcome so many families to the course and assist Rockinghorse with some fund raising for the excellent work they do supporting families throughout Sussex."

Ryan Heal, Chief Executive of Rockinghorse Children's Charity, said: "Brighton Racecourse has been a long-term supporter of Rockinghorse and the Superhero Family Fun Day has continued our longstanding partnership.

"Every family I spoke to on the day had a great time and it was heartening to see so many patients and families who use the facilities at the Alex and TMBU come along to support us."

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Cheryl Piper / Stuart Dorn