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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 choice.

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 Foundation.

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."