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The Rockinghorse Ball

Held at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, Rockinghorse celebrated the 50th year of caring for Sussex’ children, and Black Sheep were invited.

Set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann, the Brighton based charity have a sole goal, to improve the healthcare services for children and sick babies in the area.

Black Sheep Utilities are passionate about supporting local businesses and charities and were delighted to be invited to the event. The beautiful 3-course meal provided the lining of the stomach needed to soak up the wine provided. Compared by the BBC’s Danny Pike and with entertainment coming from the singing waiters and the Fab Beatles, who could have been easily mistaken for the real thing.

Everyone suitably tipsy the auction was ready to commence, including a money-can-buy ‘Forever in Fiction’ auction lot kindly donated by award-winning author Peter James. He was present on the night and spoke about the opportunity he had offered for a lucky bidder to have a character with their name in a future Roy Grace novel. The prize finally going for a jaw-dropping £10,000.


Black Sheep’s CEO – Joe Anderson was lucky enough to be the winning bidder on 2 prizes to be used for team building, winning both a paintball experience (which he may live to regret) and a day on a racing yacht. Raising £5,000 pounds for the charity. These prizes will be added to the catalogue of team building and staff incentive activities.


“The Rockinghorse charity do so much fantastic work to help the children of Sussex and I have always been passionate about supporting local businesses and charities. That’s why I set up Black Sheep to help businesses, and being able to support such an incredible charity is always a pleasure”                  

 – Joe Anderson, Black Sheep Utilities CEO


Rockinghorse set themselves a huge target of raising £500,000 for Sussex children over the course of 2017. After raising a whopping £115,000 at their 50th year Ball, we are delighted to report they have achieved this, with 2 months to spare.

See the pictures from the event below.

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