Workers monkey around for Brighton charity

Posted On 30 Mar 2012 at 6:02 pm

A Brighton children’s charity has persuaded three local organisations to let their staff “monkey” around.

Rockinghorse has signed up Nando’s, Brighton and Hove Jobs and City College Brighton and Hove for its Monkey Business challenge.

It involves teams of staff being challenged to raise a “monkey” – or £500 – for Rockinghorse within a month.

Teams can be made up of any number of people and are provided with a fundraising pack filled with suggestions to help them monkey around.

Apart from supporting the popular children’s charity, the scheme provides opportunities for team-building among staff.

And all those taking part will be invited to celebrate their achievements at an awards ceremony in April next year.

There are three monkey categories

  • tamarin for schools, clubs and groups with a target of raising £200
  • orangutan for businesses with fewer than 20 staff with a target of £500
  • gorilla for businesses with more than 20 staff with a £1,000 target

All money raised will go towards supporting sick children across Sussex, including those receiving treatment at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton.

Nando's manager Ben Bunker, City College principal Phil Frier, Brighton and Hove Jobs chief executive Gary Peters, staff from Rockinghorse and students from the college

Phil Frier, principal and chief executive of City College, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in Monkey Business and think it’s a great way for our students to learn entrepreneurial skills, which will inspire them in all areas of life.”

Ria Wilson, Rockinghorse’s fundraising manager, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing what fundraising ideas people come up with.

“They’re given very little resources and time, so the challenge is really all about working together well as a team and having fun with it.

“Among other awards, there will be a special prize for the most innovative fundraising idea using something monkey related!”

For more information about Monkey Business or to sign up, contact Ria Wilson at Rockinghorse on 01273 330044 or visit

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