Christine Willett Trust raises £70,000 for Southend Hospital
11 April 2019
Over the last 25 years the Christine Willett Trust has raised an amazing £70,000 for Southend Hospital, their latest fundraising seeing an impressive £20,000 raised to enhance the lives of cancer patients at the hospital.
The Trust was set up in memory of Christine Willett of Bulphan,
Upminster, who sadly died of breast cancer at Southend
Hospital in 1993 at the age of 44. One of her last wishes was that
all her assets should be used to help other cancer patients.
Following her death, her husband Colin set up a trust and has
raised funds for Essex hospitals, including Southend, ever
Colin Willett attended the presentation with his wife Joyce
Willett and Monica Gardner and Margaret Berry, who are Secretary
and Treasurer respectively of the Christine Willett Trust.
The biggest item that the £20,000 donated helped purchase was a
new breast board for the Radiotherapy Department. James Green, Head
of Radiotherapy, said: "We are so grateful for this donation which
has enabled us to buy a state of the art breast board to help
immobilise patients who are being treated for breast cancer. This
breast board provides both comfortable and reproducible
immobilisation of the patient, while improving the accuracy of the
The generous donation also ensured that the hospital could buy
vital equipment to benefit oncology and haematology patients
staying on Bedwell Ward. The equipment included four new reclining
chairs, three blood pressure monitors, and a new vein finder
Colin Willett said: "It's been great to see our equipment in
use. Christine would be so pleased and proud that we have
continued her legacy and that even after all these years she is
continuing to make a real positive difference in the lives of
others who have cancer."
Lucy Lock, Community Fundraising Officer at Southend Hospital,
said "The Christine Willett Trust has donated a staggering £70,000
worth of equipment to Southend Hospital over the years which is a
very fitting number as we recently celebrated 70 years of the NHS.
We are extremely grateful to the Christine Willett Trust and
their supporters for once again providing us with vital new
equipment that will help us enhance the care we can provide to
our patients with cancer."
Image:l-r Rory Walford - Senior Therapeutic Radiographer, Lucy
Lock - Community Fundraising Officer, Alex Cain - Advanced
Practitioner Pre-treatment Radiotherapy, Colin Willett, Monica
Gardner - Secretary of the Christine Willett Trust, James Green -
Head of Radiotherapy and Sarah Walsh - Clinical Lead