23 December 2015

Earlier in the year Shoreham Port launched an exciting new staff initiative called ‘stakeholder leave’. All members of staff are invited to take one stakeholder leave day per year to volunteer for a charity of their choice.

This week Katie Orchin, Marketing & Communications Executive at Shoreham Port, spent her first stakeholder leave day volunteering for Rockinghorse.

Rockinghorse is a Brighton-based charity which has been supporting children for nearly 50 years. It was set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann, who recognised there was a real need for additional resources to improve healthcare services for sick children and babies.

Katie commented “Stakeholder leave fits in perfectly with our objectives as a Trust Port, giving something back to our local community. With every member of staff able to volunteer for a charity of their choice we will be able to help with a huge range of very worthwhile causes.”   

Katie took part in Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project at Middle Farm in Firle. The project ensures that every family staying in the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton over Christmas will still be able to have a festive lunch with their child.

Katie added “I had a lovely day packing Christmas food hampers with my fellow volunteers. It was extremely festive at Middle Farm and I am so pleased that I was able to be part of this fantastic project that really makes a difference to families in need this Christmas.”

Louise Bartha, Individual Giving and Campaigns Manager at Rockinghorse added “We feel very privileged at Rockinghorse to be involved in the Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project. Lucy and Simon are very committed to providing every family staying in the Royal Alex over Christmas with a dinner kit and it is such a wonderful legacy for their son Aidan.”

If you would like to donate to the project, please visit www.justgiving.com/AidansChristmasDinnerProject2016. Any donations will be gratefully received and will help to provide a meal for families next Christmas.