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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Purchased state-of-the-art digital mammography
machines, improving breast cancer screening
services for patients treated in the Breast Unit.
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.
Funded a revolutionary image radiotherapy
system that provided far superior images,
allowing more precise and accurate cancer treatment.
Purchased a state-of-the-art heart monitoring
system, allowing quicker and more accurate
diagnosis of cardiology related problems.
Helped fund the Lighthouse Child Development
Centre. It also funded a GP referral suite in the
Neptune children's centre.
Provided seven homely rooms in the Elizabeth
Loury Cancer Ward for patients needing to be
in isolation during their acute treatment.