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Genting Club are ‘pulling together’ for Southend Hospital’s For Wards Appeal

02 July 2018

Fundraising

Row, row, and row your boat… In a bid to help raise much needed funds for Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation’s For Wards Appeal, staff at the Genting Casino in Westcliff are taking to the virtual high seas (on static rowing machines) attempting to row a mammoth 1,000 miles over the course of week.

This exciting challenge is due to conclude on Thursday 5 July, which also marks the 70th Anniversary of the NHS. It is estimated that the challenge will take approximately 112 hours to complete so staff will certainly have their work cut out.

Genting Casino Westcliff General Manager, Simon Woodford said: 'This is a great opportunity for staff to come together and complete a challenge for a really great cause. Also what better time to do something like this than the 70th birthday of the NHS! We are happy to get behind the hospital's latest appeal - as it is supporting 20 different areas across the hospital it will help lots of local patients.'

Fundraising Manager for Southend Hospital Charity, Elise Fleetwood said: "We are delighted to have the Genting Casino 'on board' once again.  They have been fantastic supporters of the hospital over the last 20 years and we wish them the very best of luck with this exciting challenge."

To mark the 20th Anniversary of the Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation, the For Wards 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 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.