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Hospitals Charity gives thanks to all those who have donated and made a difference this year

Fracture clinic mural

As 2021 draws to a close, it has been another year of fantastic continued support from local people for Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity.

Charity director, Lucy Thomas-Clayton, thanked those who have made donations, big and small, throughout the past 12 months.

Each donation, whether it be money, legacy donation or gifts, has had a huge positive impact on patients and staff across Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

She said: “This has been another tough and challenging year for the NHS, our staff and our patients.  We are so thankful for the on-going support and generosity of our local community in helping us overcome these extraordinary times.

“From our dependable and invaluable volunteers to our fantastic fundraisers and generous donors; we have been both humbled and inspired to see the efforts they have gone to in 2021 and will be forever grateful for the overwhelming level of support that they have shown our hospitals during these difficult days for everyone.”

The charity has received many donations allowing it to fund some great projects to benefit staff and patients across Essex, these have included:

The Children’s fracture clinic at Broomfield Hospital had a make-over with a fun and interactive mural. (Funded by £2,200 of charitable funding).

The radiology department at Southend Hospital received a sensory light column which will help our more anxious patients. (Generously donated by local Rotary Clubs that raised £3,060).

Over £60,000 of funding has been provided for Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) equipment at both Basildon and Southend Hospitals.  The two machines will improve the assessment and rehabilitation of speech and language patients.

Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation generously funded the purchase of the equipment at Southend, whilst charitable funds made the purchase possible at Basildon Hospital.

Danielle Rix, from Wickford, raised over £4,000 which will fund iPads and Kindles for Intensive Care Units at all three hospitals. Danielle’s father, Paul was cared for at Basildon Hospital in August after contracting Covid.

Rosemary Slade (Founder of United Against Cancer) has raised over £100,000 for cancer care at Southend Hospital in the last ten years. Rosemary, from Leigh-on-Sea, added another fantastic £5,000 this year after holding her ninth Black Dress and Pearls charity night. With the help of many local companies, Rosemary was able to host an evening that attracted over 200 guests.

If you have a kind offer of support please contact the Charity in advance by emailing

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