Hundreds put their best fundraising feet forward for Southend Hospital
17 September 2019
A snaking line of over 200 fundraisers were dotted across Southend seafront at the weekend, all marching to the same beat, helping raise money for the Southend University Hospital ward or department of their choice.
Friends, families, work colleagues, young and old, some in fancy
dress, even an entire scout group, had all got up early to take
part in Southend Hospital Charity's Walk For Wards, a 7km stroll
along the seafront from Uncle Tom's Cabin to Chalkwell shelter.
We all know that walking is good for losing a few pounds, but
thanks to this year's event it is hoped that the hospital will gain
over £15,000 from sponsored walkers.
Some of the wards and departments that will be benefitting from
the annual fun-walk include Elizabeth Loury ward, the Early
Pregnancy Unit, dementia servies, the critical care unit, the
Forwards Appeal and the Emergency Department.
Elise Fleetwood, Events & Corporate Relations Manager for
Southend Hospital Charity, said: "Once again local people have
shown us how much they support Southend Hospital and the staff that
have helped them or a loved one. Some are first timers and others
are regulars on the walk, our thanks go out to each and every one
of them. The response never fails to amaze us.
"I'd also like to thank our event sponsor Sea Life Adventure.
Waitrose for providing the drinking water at the event, ATP
coaches and Enterprise Rent-a-car for taking those with worn out
legs back to the start, and Ross Day Photography for his amazing
The weather was lovely and sunny; the participants were also
beaming proudly as they crossed the finishing line at Chalkwell
shelter, welcomed by cheers and a medal for completing the
Lorraine Walter from 3rd Southchurch Cubs took part
in the event with 10 cubs. She said: "We are raising money
for Neptune Ward. Our cubs are all children that have either
been patients on the ward themselves, know someone that has been
a patient there or will have to use the ward at some point in
"We felt it was really important for our cubs to give something
back to a ward that provides our community with such a good service
for our children."
The date has already been set for the event next year, Sunday 20
September, so if you fancy strutting your stuff along the seafront
for Southend Hospital in 2020, contact fundraising on 01702 385337
or via firstname.lastname@example.org