Malachy’s 50th Mile of Coins collection for Southend Hospital
23 July 2018
Local charity champ Malachy O’Sullivan, from Shoebury, was recently back on Southend High Street for his 50th Mile of Coins collection, this time in aid of Southend Hospital’s Breast Unit.
The dedicated fundraiser has, in his time, supported more than
20 wards and departments at the hospital, as well as almost every
appeal proposed by the charitable foundation, of which he is a
The event saw Malachy and his team of volunteers collect £1,025,
bringing the total to £47,000 since starting in 1998. He said: "I
would like to say a massive thanks to all who have helped over this
time, they give the one thing you never get back and that is their
"We hold three Mile of Coins a year, two in the summer and one
at Christmas and we've stood in everything from howling winds to
thunderstorms ,snow and now heat."
Malachy, pictured with his helpers, was presented with a giant
50th birthday card by Mick Thwaites, chairman of
Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation.
Malachy added: "It is always a great pleasure and
privilege addressing the public and the total raised is testimony
to their generosity, understanding and unwavering support."