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Southend Hospital tackled the tower

20 May 2014

Fundraising

0ver 70 people tackled the tower on Saturday and abseiled a terrifying 154ft down the hospital tower block to raise money for Southend University Hospital.

Brave doctors, nurses, support staff, former patients and supportive members of the public made their way down the 10 floor iconic fixture to raise funds for an appeal/ward/department of their choice. The event should see a total of £10,000 raised for the charity.

Lucy Thomas-Clayton, associate director of community engagement, kicked it all off and was the first one over the top. Lucy said: "This has to be one our most exhilarating events to date.  I would like to say a big thank you to all those brave participants who conquered their fears and raised vital funds for Southend Hospital Charity."

A bunch of consultant surgeons in full scrub gear took part in the charity challenge to support the new Keyhole cancer appeal. James Wright, consultant colorectal surgeon, said: "I definitely felt better after the abseil than before it that's for sure. I was relieved when my feet touched the ground; going over the top was nail-biting stuff."