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New Public Access Defibrillator in Southchurch Park

On Sunday 4th December 2022, we officially opened the public access defibrillator that has been placed on the pavilion at Southend on Sea and EMT Cricket Club in Southchurch Park.

The facility is in memory of the late John Wilding, father of our supporter Julia Wilding.

Julia fundraised and personally donated the majority of the funds required to establish this facility which will make the park a safer place for it’s users.

We would like to thank Julia, The Cricket Club, Southend Council, James Duddridge MP and SADS UK for their help in bringing this project to conclusion.

Julia Wilding pictured with her four children.
Life saving equipment in memory of Julia’s beloved father.

Thank you to Alexander House Trade Union Branch

On Saturday 10th Dec 2022 we were delighted to receive a donation of £425 from Kerry Fairless of the former Southend based Alexander House Trade Union Branch.

Kerry said ” The closure of Alexander House in Southend ends 50 years of Customer’s presence. Our branch prided itself om protecting workers and playing a positive role in the community.

Over the years we’d raised a considerable amount for our campaign fund are are delighted to donate what is left to the Finish Line Fund. We lost our own, beloved President, Mike Lightfoot to a sudden heart attack a few years back and Nick Palmer’s mother Linda, was a member of the branch for many years.

The Finish Line Fund is there to sae lives and if our donation goes some way towards doing that, it will be an excellent testimony to all of those who have worked and been members of our Branch”.

We’d like to thank Kerry and all those who will have contributed over the years for the donation.

Hawkwell junior parkrun Defibrillator

This morning we were at Hawkwell junior parkrun. Last year we stepped up to fund the purchase of a defibrillator when the Event Director deemed the one at Clements Hall was too far from the course. 69 junior park runners completed the course on a lovely morning.

Hawkwell Junior parkrun commented:

A huge thank you for your donation! We cannot run our event without direct access to an AED and due to our post COVID relocation to the pavilion, the one at Clements Hall was just a little too far away and posed too much of a risk.

Your kind donation not only means we can run our event each week as we have the right safety equipment in place, but it means we have our own AED on site should anything ever happen.

The safety of our volunteers, runners and their families is always our utmost priority so this was such an important step towards our safe return last year and we cannot thank the finish fund line enough.

It’s not too late to join in!

Don’t forget to sign up for our Finish Line Frolic on July 31st, our 6 hour running event co-hosted by our friends at Hare and Tortoise Running.

Choose to run as many, or as few, traffic-free looped 5k trail loops within the 6 hour time limit. There will be fully manned aid stations so you can grab yourself a free snack or you can leave your bag safely and eat your own.

Sign up on the link below.

Thanks again for your continued support, the Trustees x