Abseil is towering success in fifth year
15 May 2018
This year’s Southend University Hospital abseil – dubbed Tackle the Tower -saw the largest ever number of people take part, and it’s anticipated they will raise more than £30,000 between them.
A total of 94 people were lowered down the 154 feet of the
hospital's tower block before they reached terra ferma, many of
them in fancy dress.
That included Rochford pair, Abigail Tulino, 29, who was
abseiling raising money for Elizabeth Loury ward, and Ellie Bekir,
24, raising funds for the Dementia Appeal, who were dressed as the
Super Mario Brothers.
There was also Supergirl, Wonder Woman and a whole host of other
costumes, although the real heroes were those taking part to raise
money for the Southend Hospital ward or department of their
Also descending down the tower block was local businessman and
owner of Adventure Island, Philip Miller MBE, who is also one of
the original founder trustees of Southend Hospital Charitable
Philip's sister was a ward sister at Southend and he is hugely
grateful for the care he himself received ten years ago when he was
treated for blood poisoning, so despite being afraid of heights
signing up was not a hard call to make.
He said: "The hospital is a cause that connects all of Southend,
everyone knows somebody who has been treated at the hospital. I was
very ill and they saved my life."
Elise Fleetwood, Events & Corporate Relations Manager for
Southend Hospital Charity, said: "This year's abseil was another
triumph, we are so grateful to everyone that put themselves through
this 154 foot high challenge for our benefit. Despite the poor
weather, it was a brilliant day.
"There was lots of crowd support for our brave participants and
some fantastic commentary from Radio Essex presenters, John and
Ross. We are hugely thankful to our event sponsor Pace
Lettings Plc, their support has meant that every penny raised by
our abseilers will benefit the hospital. We're hoping that
this event will raise in excess of £30,000, an incredible amount of
money - thank you to everybody involved."