Over 150 fundraisers gathered along Southend seafront at the weekend to raise money for a Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust ward or department of their choice.
Friends, families, work colleagues, young and old, started their day early to take part in Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity Walk for Wards, it’s annual 7 km walk, and this year all those taking part are hoping to raise over £10,000.
Helping the event to take a step closer to that figure were Nicola Bennett walking for Broomfield’s Dialysis unit, Amanda Wilkinson from Shoeburyness walking in memory of her mum and for the Spotlight Radiotherapy Appeal, and Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust’s Post op recovery team led by Dr. Vikas Kumar.
All those taking part were given a special medal as they celebrated crossing the finish line outside Adventure Island, helping turn a grey day weather-wise, into a great day for those taking part and the deserving ward and departments they were raising money for.
Lucy Thomas-Clayton, Director of Charity and Voluntary Services, said: “It’s been fantastic to see so many of our supporters back for another year of Walk for Wards. Being such a fun and family-friendly day, it’s by far one of our most popular events.
“Once again, our local community’s support has overwhelmed us and it’s always wonderful to see our regular participants as well as the first timers that have made the effort and commitment to raise funds for their local hospital. Our thanks go out to every one of them, the response never fails to amaze us.
“I’d also like to thank our event supporters Adventure Island, their ongoing support of our charity and hospitals is something we are extremely grateful of.”
Image by Ross Day Photography