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On the march for hospital charity

23 September 2013


Taking the easy way was not an option for charity hiker Matt Little. The personal trainer, from Hawkwell, chose to undertake the 18k Hadleigh Hike draped in chains to add an extra 50kg to his own body weight.

Matt was just one of the 150-plus walkers who assembled at Uncle Tom's Cabin in Shoebury to undertake either the Hadleigh route or the less punishing 7k Seafront Stroll for wards and departments at Southend University Hospital.

Among the many other inspirational participants were David Pullinger, of Great Wakering, who completed the 7k route in his wheelchair and Dorothy Smith, from Southend, whose energy and determination belied her 92 years.

Elise Fleetwood, the hospital's events and corporate relations manager, said: "We ended up with more than 150 walkers - a significant increase from our last sponsored walk. There was a fantastic atmosphere on the day and I'd like a special shout of thanks to go to all our volunteers who helped marshal the event."

Walkers could choose which area of the hospital should benefit from their efforts and the event is expected to raise thousands of pounds for extra patient comforts.