Dedicated hospital trustee goes over the edge for charity
13 April 2018
Local businessman Philip Miller is planning to overcome his fear of heights when he steps off the top of Southend Hospital’s tower block on Saturday 12 May.
Philip, one of the original founder trustees of Southend
Hospital Charitable Foundation, is hoping that his noble venture
will raise a few thousand pounds for the hospital's 20th
Anniversary £500,000 For Wards Appeal to finance 20
He said: "The hospital is a cause that connects all of Southend,
so it was not a tough decision to make."
Despite being executive chairman of the Stockvale Group - which
includes the seafront Adventure Island - Philip admits he has had a
lifelong fear of heights and thinks he must have had a 'rush of
blood to the head' when he signed up for this year's Tackle the
Tower abseil challenge - to negotiate a 154ft sheer drop down
"I signed up before I had a chance to think about it too long.
Once you are committed there is no turning back."
His sister was a ward sister at Southend - at the time the
youngest ward sister in the country - and Philip is hugely grateful
for the care he himself received ten years ago when he was treated
for blood poisoning.
"I was very ill and they saved my life. Everyone knows somebody
who has been treated at the hospital."
He already has £1,000 in sponsorship and hopes to add
considerably to that before the big day.
Born and bred in Southend, Philip was nominated to become a
charity trustee at its inception after the death of Ernie Lockhart
- dubbed Mr Carnival - who raised huge amounts of money for the
hospital and other local charities.
Philip said: "Ernie was a friend of mine and my dad's and we
used to help him. His death had an impact on the funds received by
the hospital. I was very flattered to be nominated. Our first job
was to get the leukaemia unit built."
If you would like to join Philip at the top on the tower, please
for further details. There's a £40 entry fee plus £100 minimum