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Southend Hospital’s Keyhole Cancer Appeal received a bumper donation after a charity ball raised more than £3,500

11 November 2015


Brenda LeVoi, owner of Hairclubin in Westcliff-on-Sea along with her sister Pam Withrington, organised the 50s themed glamour event at Saxon Hall in Southend and 120 guests, including Southend Hospital consultants Mr James Wright and Mr Sampi Metha, were welcomed by glamorous burlesque dancers.

Organiser, Pam Withrington, said: "The reason we chose the Keyhole Cancer Appeal this year is due to a request from Karen Fossett, our longest serving stylist at Hairclubin. A few years ago her then husband Steven Fossett, and mother were being treated for bowel cancer by Mr Dworkin and the amazing team at Southend Hospital.  The care and compassion they both received has always left Karen so thankful to the team that she wanted to give something back to the hospital."

Brenda and Pam have been organising charity events for 27 years and this isn't the first time the pair have raised funds for Southend Hospital; the very first Hairclubin Ball in 1989 raised £500 for the hospital's Scanner Appeal and 10 years later the sisters raised money for the hospital's special care baby unit. In 2005 they raised funds for the hospital's renal unit.

Lucy Thomas-Clayton, associate director of fundraising at Southend Hospital, said: "The fundraising efforts of Brenda and Pam are inspirational and have benefited the hospital and many patients over the years. This latest donation is wonderful news and moves us another step closer to our keyhole cancer appeal target."

Later in the evening guests enjoyed live entertainment from local 6 piece band 208 along with a vintage inspired photo booth bought to them by Photo Schmoto.

The event was sponsored by Claims Settlement Agencies Limited (CSA) and over £3,500 was raised with the support of clients, friends and local businesses. Auctioned items included:

  • a two-night trip to Monte Carlo donated by F.Withrington & Sons Ltd which raised £1,200.
  • a dining experience at Bentley's in Swallow Street including a chauffeur driven car to and from the restaurant in London - donated by Mick and Laura Sepple from Clean Co.
  • a money can't buy experience to join Martin and Su from the Heart Breakfast show.
  • a raffle and head'n'tails also helped to raise funds on the night. 

IMAGE: Organisers Brenda LeVoi & Pam Withrington with senior consultants James Wright & Sampi Metha