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Hospital Charity Foundation says ‘cheers to 20 years’ and raising over £4.6 million

15 November 2018


Nearly 200 movers and shakers from the world of medicine, business and philanthropy rubbed shoulders at a glittering Ball at Apton Hall, Rochford, on Saturday 10 November to help celebrate 20 outstanding years of Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation.

The event raised over £12,000 for the Foundation's current For Wards Appeal.  The appeal, has already raised over £200,000, of the £500,000 target for 20 transformational projects across the hospital. 

Mick Thwaites, chairman of the hospital's Charitable Foundation, said: "It was a fitting celebration, and the money raised does make a real difference to people's lives. We are delighted with the support we continue to receive, and look forward to the next 20 years."

Over the last 20 years generous patients, relatives, friends and businesses across Essex have helped raise an amazing £4.6 million since the Foundation began in 1998.

Most recently it has helped to fund state of the art equipment for a bed on the new High Dependency Unit (HDU) and for the ongoing Mobile Stroke Unit test.

All money raised from the Ball will go towards the latest For Wards project, to help fund an Active Breathing Coordinator for patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment.

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Guests at the Adventure Island sponsored Ball included Adventure Island boss, Philip Miller MBE - who was surprised on the night with an outstanding achievement award presented by Denise Townsend, Director of Nursing. The award was made on behalf of the hospital in recognition of Philip's 20 year service to the Foundation board. 

VIP's who turned out to support the cause included Cllr Ann Holland and leader of Rochford Council, Cllr David Merrick.  Guests were treated to a lavish three-course meal, live entertainment and danced the night away to The Neotones band. They also had the opportunity to bid on luxury items in the auction which included a behind the scenes experience at Sealifte Adventure and VIP tickets to see Jess Glynne at the O2.


Some of the key appeals over the last 20 years, the years they ended and how much was raised.


Keyhole Cancer Appeal                           2017               £510,000

Provided a state-of-the-art laparoscopic (keyhole surgery)

theatre suite, enabling surgeons to perform the latest and

most complex keyhole procedures.


Bosom Pals on the Road                         2013               £500,000

Funded two new mobile screening trailers (to service

south Essex) equipped with the same full field digital

mammography machines as the hospital. This achievement

meant the eligibility age for screening could be extended.


Bosom Pals                                                 2011               £750,000

Purchased state-of-the-art digital mammography

machines, improving breast cancer screening

services for patients treated in the Breast Unit.


Strokebusters                                             2009               £750,000

Created a first class stroke service at the hospital,

with a new 14-bedded acute stroke unit, state-of-the-art

equipment and enhanced rehabilitation facilities.


Pinpoint Cancer Appeal                           2007               £400,000

Funded a revolutionary image radiotherapy

system that provided far superior images,

allowing more precise and accurate cancer treatment.


Healing Hearts                                            2005               £700,000

Purchased a state-of-the-art heart monitoring

system, allowing quicker and more accurate

diagnosis of cardiology related problems.


Building Blocks                                          2003               £450,000

Helped fund the Lighthouse Child Development

Centre. It also funded a GP referral suite in the

Neptune children's centre.


Leukaemia Appeal                                     2000               £400,000

Provided seven homely rooms in the Elizabeth

Loury Cancer Ward for patients needing to be

in isolation during their acute treatment.