Sir Geoff Hurst speechHeld at The Grand Hotel, Brighton on Friday 3rd June, The Best of British sporting lunch was a sell-out event that played host to almost 500 guests from businesses across Sussex for the 1996 World Cup special, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup win.

Rockinghorse team and volunteersRaising vital funds for local children’s charity, Rockinghorse, guests dug deep to raise £38,000 for sick children in Sussex. Funds raised from the Best of British event are supporting the charity’s annual Summer of Sport initiative, which this year, is providing activities and leisure opportunities for local young people suffering from mental health problems.


Ryan Heal, Chief Executive of Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, said:

Rockinghorse has traditionally focused its efforts on clinical equipment and resource. Whilst we very much continue to service these areas robustly, we are becoming far more acutely aware of the importance surrounding the support of children and young people with complex mental health issues right here in Sussex.

Sir Geoff Hurst signing canvas for Mr HumphreyA charity raffle and auction were held during the lunch to boost funds raised on the day. Items included a signed Lionel Messi boot, 1996 World Cup wining England shirt signed by 10 of the 11 starting players, plus a very special limited edition piece of artwork entitled ‘The Greatest Save’. Hand signed by both Pelé and Gordon Banks, the artwork was kindly donated by Castle Fine Art Gallery in Brighton and fetched £2,300 at