Seagulls chairman opens Rockinghorse respite extension

PUBLISHED: 17:11 07 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:56 20 February 2013

Caroline Lucas, MP, with Clare Brunt and Claire Ross-Baker

Caroline Lucas, MP, with Clare Brunt and Claire Ross-Baker

Tony Bloom officially opened Rockinghorse's specially adapted extension, with Caroline Lucas, MP, looking on

Children and young people at a respite centre in Brighton enjoyed a visit by the chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, Tony Bloom.

Mr Bloom officially opened Rockinghorses specially adapted and accessible extension at Brighton & Hove City Councils Tudor House Respite Centre in Withdean. The short break service provides a vital resource for both children with learning and physical disabilities and their families, allowing young people who visit to benefit from specialised equipment and activities that they might not have access to at home.

The chairman raised an amazing 150,000 by running the inaugural Brighton Marathon for the childrens charity last year. The donation has enabled the building work to be completed on the Rockinghorse extension as well as the purchase of a hoist, which will allow children who use wheelchairs to practice walking.

Clare Brunt, Practice Manager at Tudor House, said: "When we initially said we wanted a conservatory, we never in our wildest dreams thought we could have something of this scale."

To find out more about the charitys work, visit or call 01273 330044.

Pictures: Jim Holden

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