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Lions Club donation helping children get fitter

03 March 2020

Fundraising

FitBits are helping children at Southend Hospital to get fitter, thanks to a generous donation from Lions Club of Eastwood.

The club responded to Southend Hospital Charity to help buy eight FitBit devices for the Paediatric Rehabilitation Department.

The ACE 2, FitBits, cost £420 and are helping the Rehabilitation team to run a gym exercise programme for children with Cerebral Palsy. The exercise programme help to increase activity, build confidence and motivate young patients.

Natalie Walsh, Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist said: "We are so grateful to the Lions Club of Eastwood for funding these devices which will be instrumental in measuring the effectiveness of this six week programme. The FitBits will collect data and assist us in our long term aim to help promote self-management of physical activity in the community for this group of patients with long term conditions."

Eric Hoile from the Eastwood Lions Club said: "We continue to support Southend Hospital with those little extras that mean a lot and are proud to show another example of where our local fundraising monies go to."

Kayley Donovan, Fundraising Manager said: "We would also like to thank the Rochford Hundred Lodge who kindly donated funds to purchase additional FitBits and cover the cost of the gym sessions for the programme."