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Thirteenth Great Pier Walk is lucky for hospital's Keyhole appeal

11 March 2015


On Sunday 29th March the Rotary Club of Leigh-On-Sea, Southend Hospital’s fundraising team and hundreds of local supporters will be walking the boards of Southend pier for the 13th Great Pier Walk.

Couples, individuals and families are invited to walk the 1.33 miles length of the pier once, or as many times as they wish to help raise money for the hospital's Keyhole Cancer Appeal.

The Keyhole Cancer Appeal aims to raise £600,000 for the provision of a new state-of-the-art laparoscopic (keyhole surgery) theatre suite at Southend University Hospital.  Upon completion surgeons will be able to perform the latest and most complex keyhole procedures for patients undergoing cancer and general surgery. Hundreds of Southend patients are likely to benefit each year, these include people suffering with bowel and prostate cancer or gynaecological conditions. 

Leigh-On-Sea Rotarian, John Banks, has headed up the event for the club this year. He said: "This is the 8th year that the proceeds of this event have supported the hospital and we are thrilled to now be able to help with the Keyhole Cancer Appeal.

"Over the last few years, we have had hundreds of walkers join us in all sorts of weather conditions to walk the planks of the world's longest pleasure pier and we hope to have record numbers this year. We are definitely due a little sunshine so we are keeping our fingers crossed for nice weather - even though the weather is out of our control we can certainly guarantee a warm welcome and a wonderful atmosphere - so we do hope that lots of people and their families come along and join us."

The Great Pier Walk 2015 will take place on Sunday 29th March from 10am till 4pm. If you would like to take part please call the hospital fundraising team on 01702 385337 or email fundraising@southend.nhs.uk

To ensure that your entry fee benefits the Keyhole Cancer Appeal, walkers MUST register in advance.  Any entry fees taken on the day will be split between the Rotary Club's chosen charities.

Going the extra mile…

Why not see if your friends and family will sponsor you to go that extra mile? Keen walkers do not have to stop on the return journey back to the pier entrance, they are welcome to set their own distance challenge or even to try and beat the Great Pier Walk record and walk the length of the pier 18 times?