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‘Spring’ into action for Southend Hospital by land, sea or air

31 March 2017

Fundraising

This Spring, Southend Hospital Charity is inviting members of the public to help raise money for the ward or department of the hospital of their choice and its Dementia Appeal in one of three ways.

First up, why not take a stroll down the 1.33 miles of Southend Pier and help raise money for Southend Hospital's Dementia Appeal. Now in its 15th year and organised by The Rotary Club of Leigh-on-Sea, the events often brings people out in their hundreds. And this year also marks the 10th year it has supported Southend Hospital.

Prices for taking part are £5 for adults, £2.50 for children or family tickets, which cover two adults and one or more children aged 16 or under, are priced at £12.

Walking of a different kind is next, abseiling down the side of the 154 foot tall Tower Block at Southend Hospital. No experience is necessary to tackle the tower and it is open to everyone over the age of 16. The event takes place on Saturday 13 May and the entry fee is £40 plus minimum sponsorship of £100 for a ward or department of your choice.

Finally, there is an oar-some challenge for those intrepid land lubbers wanting to take to water. All you have to do isbuild and sail a raft in this year's Southend Raft Race, which takes place on Sunday 25 June. Entry for eight people is £200, which goes to Rotary Charities, with additional sponsorship going to the hospital.

Fundraising manager, Elise Fleetwood, said: "Last year local people helped us raise almost a million pounds and with events such as these and the kind support of the people of Essex we know that 2017 is going to be just as an exciting year for fundraising here at Southend Hospital. Every penny raised really does make a difference to patients."

Any interest in any of the above events should be directed to the Fundraising team on 01702 385337 or email fundraising@southend.nhs.uk