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Casino rowing challenge success for hospital

10 July 2018


Staff at the Genting Casino, Westcliff, ‘pulled’ together’ to raise over £1,250 for Southend Hospital with their rowing challenge.

Casino staff took to the virtual high seas on static rowing machines over the course of a week to help raise funds for the hospital's For Wards Appeal. The challenge concluded on Thursday 5 July, which also marked the 70th Anniversary of the NHS.

Two members of staff in particular, Ben Gentle and Daniel Gunn, went the extra mile for the charity as they rowed continuously for 12 hours to help boost funds.

Daniel said: ''The 12 hour rowing stint was more difficult than I thought, we worked as a tag team doing 15 minutes each for the full 12 hours and in total we covered over 80 miles!

"We always like to support local charities when we can, so I thought I would set us a 'little' challenge of our own. I also couldn't think of a better time to help support such a fantastic institution."

Genting Casino General Manager, Simon Woodford said: "Earlier in the year we pledged to raise £1,000 to support the charity's For Wards 20/20 Challenge. This was a great opportunity for staff to come together and help us make this a reality.

"We had lots of different staff members take part at all times of the day and night to help us boost our fund. I'm thrilled we smashed our £1,000 target."

Fundraising Manager for Southend Hospital Charity, Laura Mason said: "The team at the casino did a fantastic job. They always go all out to support us whenever they can and we truly are grateful for their efforts. We would like to congratulate them on this fantastic achievement."


Image:(L-R):Daniel Gunn (Genting Casino Westcliff - Employee), John Harland (Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation Trustee & Genting Casino Westcliff - Marketing Manager, Laura Mason (Fundraising Manager - Southend Hospital Charity), Ben Gentle (Genting Casino Westcliff - Employee) and Simon Woodford (Genting Casino Westcliff - General Manager).


Notes to editor

The For Wards Appeal has already funded state of the art technology in Southend Hospital's Audiology department and our Brachytherapy department. The Appeal has helped the Critical Care team by contributing £60,000 towards equipment in the hospital's brand new High Dependency Unit and has also purchased ten new wheelchairs for the Emergency Department.  The next project will help the Maternity team by funding a new portable ultrasound machine that will aid anaesthesia. 

The Appeal aims to raise £500,000 for 20 transformational projects across 20 different areas of Southend Hospital.  As well as funding life-saving medical equipment and pioneering new technology, the appeal will fund additions such as patient friendly artwork and amenities to keep patient comfort and well-being at the heart of the hospital.

The For Wards 20/20 challenge aims to get 20 local businesses each pledging to raise £1,000 over the course of a year. If you would like to get involved please call the team on 01702 385337 for more information.