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Nonagenarian Dorothy has sights on helping Walk For Wards stride towards £10,000

20 September 2016


Dorothy Smith, from Southend, was one of the 200 plus people taking part in this year’s Walk For Wards, raising money for Southend University Hospital.

Although in her 90s she was determined to finish the 7km sponsored walk, like all of those taking part, for a department or ward of the hospital close to her heart. Dorothy's area of choice was the Eye Unit.

She said: "I chose to support the eye unit because I am currently undergoing treatment there and I owe them everything, they have saved my sight. It was a wonderful event and I had lots of fun."

With double the walkers compared to last year the hope is to smash the £10,000 barrier. The event, sponsored by Radio Essex and Adventure Island, kicked off at 10am with The Mayor of Southend, Cllr Judith McMahon, cutting the starting line ribbon at Uncle Tom's Cabin, Shoebury, following the seafront to Chalkwell shelter

Event Manager, Elise Fleetwood said; "We are absolutely delighted with the amount of support we have had this year and people like Dorothy show that anyone can take part and make a difference.

"It has been lovely to watch supporters of all ages get involved for some very special reasons, in thanks of our hard-working staff and in memory of loved ones.  We are grateful to everyone that has taken part." 

The date for next year's event has already been set, Sunday 17 September. Call 01702 385337 to register your interest.