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Skills and expertise on show at hospital’s family fun day

05 June 2013


Staff from all areas of Southend University Hospital are putting the final touches to a bumper programme of activities to make this month’s open day a grand day out.

The event, on Sunday June 23, promises a rich mix of demonstrations, tours of different parts of the hospital, free health checks, expert lectures and careers information. This will all be going on around all the buzz of a fundraising fete with vintage buses, Punch and Judy, cake and craft stalls, candyfloss, face painting, inflatable obstacle course and all the other attractions of an English summer fair. There will also be an opportunity to meet the hospital governors.

The fun will get under way at 11.30am when reality TV show presenter Lorne Spicer (Cash in the Attic, Car Booty, Trash to Cash) declares the proceedings open.

Between now and then is a good time to turn out the attic for any forgotten family heirlooms as local auctioneer Paul Stacey, a regular of TV's Flog It and Cash in the Attic, will be on hand with brother Mark to give expert advice. Cost of getting your treasures valued is just £2 per item - with all the money donated going to the hospital's Bosom Pals On The Road Appeal to raise £750,000 for digital mammography equipment for the earlier detection of smaller breast cancers.

The series of expert talks taking place in the hospital's education centre at the rear of the will cover ophthalmology, radiology, heart problems, orthopaedics, stroke treatment and rheumatic diseases. Those wishing to attend one of the talks or take part in one of the tours will be able to book their place at the volunteers' desk in the hospital's old main entrance.

Fuller details of everything going on during the day will be available on the hospital's website www.southend.nhs.uk

Lucy Thomas-Clayton, associate director of community engagement at the hospital, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to learn more about the hospital and some of the great work which goes on here day in, day out. We have tried to provide as broad a programme as possible with literally something for all the family. So, as well as the chance to look behind the scenes and find out more about various conditions, treatments available and some of our plans for the future, there will be a vast range of attractions for young and old.

"And we haven't forgotten what day it is - visitors will be able to get themselves a full Sunday lunch in our first-floor restaurant.

"All the money raised on the day will go to our hospital appeal to ensure the best possible breast care for women in south Essex."




With pic: hospital fundraiser Malachy O'Sullivan with valuer Paul Stacey