18 May Southend abseil event dubbed Tackle the Tower raises £30,000
This year’s Southend University Hospital abseil – dubbed Tackle the Tower -saw the largest ever number of people take part, and it’s anticipated they will raise more than £30,000 between them.
A total of 94 people were lowered down the 154 feet of the hospital’s tower block before they reached terra ferma, many of them in fancy dress.
That included Rochford pair, Abigail Tulino, 29, who was abseiling raising money for Elizabeth Loury ward, and Ellie Bekir, 24, raising funds for the Dementia Appeal, who were dressed as the Super Mario Brothers.
There was also Supergirl, Wonder Woman and a whole host of other costumes, although the real heroes were those taking part to raise money for the Southend Hospital ward or department of their choice.
Also descending down the tower block was local businessman and owner of Adventure Island, Philip Miller MBE, who is also one of the original founder trustees of Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation.