"Come on, you Pier walkers" says Connie, 86
22 March 2013
She may be in her 80s, but age hasn’t stopped great-grandmother Connie Bush taking part in the annual Great Pier Walk for the past 11 years.
The reason is simple - Connie, 87 this August, was treated for
breast cancer at Southend Hospital 31 years ago, went on to make a
full recovery and cannot praise staff at the unit enough.
And although a nasty bout of bronchitis means the doughty
dowager won't be stepping out this year, she is urging people to
put their best foot forward this Easter Sunday, March 31 when the
event takes place.
The Great Pier Walk is organised by Leigh-on-Sea Rotary Club,
with proceeds going toSouthendHospital's Bosom Pals Appeal On The
Road (see below).
Back in 1982 Connie, who lives in Thundersley, had part of her
breast removed followed by radiotherapy and then chemotherapy. She
had discovered a lump while she was having a bath and went to her
GP the next day.
"I did feel a bit sick then they told me it was cancer," she
says. "But I'm a firm believer that it's no good moaning. If you
are miserable, it's not fair on your family.
"And anyway, everyone at the hospital was lovely, particularly
Dr [Colin] Trask."
Connie's late husband Alfred was a staunch Rotarian, and the
couple always took part in the walk when it began more than a
decade ago. It was a tradition Connie continued after Alfred, a
D-Day veteran, died in 2005.
"It is such a wonderful thing to do, to raise money for such a
good cause," she says. "I've always believed in keeping active, and
this is a good way of getting out to get some fresh air and helping
Although she has been laid low this March, under normal
circumstances Connie thinks nothing of a brisk three or four mile
walk - and when friends or family visit, the natural choice of
destination is very often … the Pier.
- Fancy taking part? The event takes place at the Pier from
10am-4pm. Entry is£5 for adults, £2.50 children, £3 and £6 on the
day. For more details call the hospital's fundraising department on
Bosom Pals Appeal On The Road
The Appeal is to buy digital equipment for the mobile screening
vans acrossSouth Essex.
This will ensure women in southEssexget the same access to
digital mammography as women screened at the hospital's breast
The equipment costs £500,000 and the Appeal needs to raise
around £100,000 more before it ends in October.
It follows the hospital's successful £750,000 Bosom Pals Appeal,
launched in May 2009, which has funded two digital mammography
machines for the earlier detection of smaller breast cancers, as
well as associated IT equipment for the hospital's breast unit.
To find out more please contact the department of
Tel: 01702 385337