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
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.