One of the most notable of Adventure Island’s recent charitable work has been in conjunction with Southend University Hospital, and in particular Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation.
The Charitable Foundation is a registered charity which raises money for major fundraising projects at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It was established in 1998 by a group of local people, one of whom is the Executive Chairman of Stockvale Ltd Philip Miller MBE, who wanted to help fund buildings and equipment not provided by NHS funding.
Since their formation, they have raised over £4.5million to put towards multiple different areas of the Hospital, just some of which including the following:
£700,000 to Healing Hearts, which was put towards a state-of-the-art heart monitoring system
£400,000 to the Pinpoint Cancer Appeal, which was put towards image-guided radiotherapy equipment
£750,000 to the Strokebusters Appeal, which was put toward a gold-standard Stroke Unit
£750,000 to Bosom Pals Appeal, which was used to buy two full field digital mammography machines
Philip has also continually supported the charity with other regular donations to be put towards smaller projects around the hospital. A recent example of this is a £3500 donation to the Ladybird Nursery to install a sturdy and permanent sun canopy in their “Over 2’s” garden to provide shade in the heat of summer.
He is currently preparing to face his fear of heights and partake in a charity abseil to raise further funds for the hospital, as the extract below explains:
Each year, Southend Hospital Charity organises a sponsored “Walk For Wards”, where hundreds of local people come together to raise money by being sponsored to walk the 7km along the seafront between Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Shoeburyness and Chalkwell Shelter. Adventure Island and Radio Essex, both of whom are part of the Stockvale family, have been proud sponsors of this event for multiple years.
In 2018, with the help of the Stockvale Group, including Sealife Adventure, approximately 250 people attended the event and raised around £15,000 in sponsorship money with was put forward to benefit 30 different areas of the hospital.
Their current and most recent appeal is the For Wards Appeal. To mark the 20th Anniversary of the Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation, the For Wards Appeal aims to raise £500,000 for 20 transformational projects across 20 different areas of Southend Hospital, including the Neonatal Unit, the Chemotherapy Unit and Surgery. They have already funded brand new equipment in the High Dependency Unit, as well as wheelchairs for the Emergency department. If you wish to support this appeal, or would like to know more, click here!
Sealife Adventure, another organisation on the Stockvale family, supported the For Wards Appeal throughout their Christmas Grotto in 2017 by having donation buckets and pots located throughout the aquarium where the public can put their loose change. By doing so, they managed to raise £730.78!
We have also recently donated £1,000 for a one-off fundraising event: Dean Ovel’s 100 mile Rickshaw Challenge, which raised over £5,700 for both the Dementia Appeal and the For Wards Appeal.