A rocking gift for Prince’s christening

Debbie and Robbie from Jolly Rockers and Ryan Heal Chief Executive of Rockinghorse at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital
Debbie and Robbie from Jolly Rockers and Ryan Heal Chief Executive of Rockinghorse at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital
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A family business in Ockley which makes wooden rocking horses have created a special gift to celebrate the christening of HRH Prince George .

Jolly Rockers made a Shetland rocking horse named ‘George’ in collaboration with Rockinghorse Children’s Charity ahead of the christening which took place yesterday (Wednesday October 23).

A further nine ‘Georges’ are being sold as a limited edition to raise money for sick children in Sussex.

“We’re thrilled to be associated with Jolly Rockers who already donate a percentage from every rocking horse they sell,” explained Charlotte Gough-Cooper, schools and community fundraising manager from Rockinghorse.

“It’s wonderful that for each Limited Edition George, £145 will go towards our work at Brighton’s Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and projects to support sick and premature babies in the Trevor Mann Baby Unit.”

George has a special blue saddle to match the Rockinghorse charity colours and has his name embossed in the leather.

Debbie Hinton started Jolly Rockers with her husband Chris and son Robbie after teaching herself the traditional art of making rocking horses.

“The first rocking horse I made, Daisy Pickle, turned out so well that friends encouraged me to make more,” said Debbie.

“We ended up taking them to trade shows and one day I made a phone call to Harrods who, to our amazement, agreed to start selling our toddler-scale horses.”

As well as rocking horses, the Jolly Rockers also make toddlers rockers, wooden toys and creature quoits from their Ockley-based workshop, ‘the Stable.’

As with all Debbie’s creations, each ‘George’ is hand-carved and hand-painted meaning every one has his own unique character.

The commemorative George Shetland Rocking Horse will be priced at £1,495 including a ten per cent donation to Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.

To find out more about Rockinghorse and the work they do, visit www.rockinghorse.org.uk or call 01273 330044.

For information about Jolly Rockers visit www.jollyrockers.co.uk or call 01306 621418 / 07769 110075.