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New Defibrillator Presentation

Good Friday saw us enjoying the Easter sunshine at Pitsea Running Club’s Crown to Crown event.

We presented them with a portable defibrillator to enhance their medical equipment for future events.

Also pictured is Martin England who in 2018 suffered a heart attack at a running event and was saved by use of a defibrillator.

Don’t forget if your sporting organisation requires similar or other equipment and operate in East Essex, we are always happy to consider grant requests once they are applied for and received.

The next Crown to Crown event is on Wednesday 11th May and can be entered via the link below.

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A thank you to our supporters and our 2021 Review

It was a very busy year for the charity in 2021.

Despite Covid 19 continuing to severely restrict live fundraising event opportunities, the Charity was successful in exceeding its fundraising budget at a level of c £15,000 for the period to 31st October 2021.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed and made that happen.

This success was due in the main to the fantastic support the charity received to its online events, via its London Marathon Team and from a series of personal fundraising via various challenges.

Our most notable achievement however was to significantly increase the number of grants we awarded. We are delighted to advise that these numbered 26 across a variety of different sports.

These grants funded South East Essex sports clubs with defibrillators, a host of different equipment and to various event organisers, covered the cost of medical cover on race days. The total of these grants totalled c£13,000

During the height of the summer, we were very pleased to hear that the defibrillator we installed at Jubilee Beach, Southend in 2020, was instrumental in saving the life of a lady visiting the seafront.

2022 has already seen us agree three more grants and we would like to reiterate once more,  how grateful we are to all our supporters who have helped in this success.

We all look forward to continuing our work during the coming months.

Keith Passingham


Finish Line Fund

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An update from Keith Passingham, Chair of the Finish Line Fund, who is on a mission to complete 7 amazing Challenges in his 70th Year, and in doing so raise funds for the Finish Line Fund.

One Challenge – Four very special medals

It is some time since I posted information on my seven challenges to raise money for Finish Line Fund, therefore you are all due an update.

I have now completed five challenges, with two remaining – Colosseum and Great Wall of China. I need to report back to you on the latest two completed, Chichen Itza and Taj Mahal. The account for Chichen Itza is below and the one for Taj Mahal will follow soon.

The main reason for lack of updates is due to picking up my first ever injury that stopped me running. The day before publishing the Colosseum challenge, I developed a problem in my left hip mid run. This turned out to be a tear in the tendon attaching the glutes to the top of the femur. Huge thanks to the lovely Claire for treating me and devising the rehabilitation – I’m now run/walking for approximately 5k. Hopefully I’ll be able to complete the challenges by the end of the year!


This New Wonder kicked off the challenges in January during lockdown. Chichen Itza was a town in Mexico which thrived until the 1200s. I linked this very loosely to a virtual run organised by Hare & Tortoise Ltd – running 1,111 miles around Lake Superior. This involved uploading runs to Strava and these were picked up and displayed on a virtual map, graph, and various tables.

The start was marred by taking a tumble on icy pavements resulting in a badly grazed/cut knee and no running for a couple of weeks whilst it started to heal properly. I was therefore behind most others on the map initially. In true runners’ fashion I soon started picking off others. The first target was to knock off the odd 111 miles and then look to reduce the remaining distance 100 miles at a time. Approaching the run this way helped rather than look at the 1,111 miles in its entirety. It was whilst plodding through these miles that I rediscovered the joys of solo running and just having a vague idea of a route and making it up as I went along, often seeking out a hill or two to shuffle up. I also noticed that I was getting stronger and a tad quicker. Loved it!

The virtual run was divided into four sections, with a medal coming through the post when we reached certain “places” on the route around Lake Superior. So…..double incentive of reaching medal earning places around the lake and overtaking other runners!

Due to not being able to mix with other families, we were unable to look after our grandchildren, allowing me to add a second long run into the week. This soon manifested in running weekly mileage that I hadn’t run since my heyday in the 1980/90s. I soon found myself in the top few runners, both mileage wise and elevation wise (I do live in Rayleigh after all!!!!).

But……………….I could not catch Anne, who drifted ahead further and further as the run went on!!!!!

As the year ticked by I was hitting those 100 mile targets, finally reaching the 1,000 mile mark. It was like passing the 20 mile mark in a marathon – psychologically hitting a landmark and knowing there isn’t much left and you are going to achieve your objective. Just 111 miles to go!

These last few miles soon went, and I planned the final run to pass the 1,111 miles, completing it on July 25th. Highest mileage I have ever done in about 7 months!

Challenge Completed!

p.s. I signed up to do the return but am the back marker as started after everyone else and have lost almost a month due to the injury. Never fear, I will reach the end before the deadline next April.

If you wish to donate, this is the link

News Round Up – We’ve been Busy!

A message to our supporters

As the current “lockdown” draws to an end , we thought it was an appropriate time to bring you up to date with what’s been happening over the last few months. First of all a massive thank you to everyone who has donated. Whether that has been in support of a fundraiser, via one of the lockdown events or an ad hoc donation, you have made everything we have achieved possible.

Keith Passingham at the start of his first Seven Wonders Challenge

Our main event was the FLF virtual relay for Southend area running clubs, which was a great success with 390 runners raising c£2,200. Southend AC were the narrow winners from Leigh on Sea Striders and Pitsea RC. We awarded the winners a portable defibrillator for them to have available at their run meets etc.

Rhys Gillard receives a portable defibrillator on behalf of Southend AC

At the beginning of our financial year (November 20) we set a fundraising target of £10,000 which we are close to achieving already. It was also our intention to ensure that we, at the very least, agreed enough grants to match that sum. We are delighted that we have actually surpassed that objective as we have agreed 20 grants to date totalling c£11,200. These grants have been to Running , Football, Cricket, Basketball, Fishing, & Martial Arts clubs in the South Essex area as well as to local Event organisers in support of medical facilities. We have provided funding ranging from the purchase of kit for youth teams to providing a number of new portable defibrillators. Hawkwell Junior parkrun and Meridian Kung Fu have benefitted from such.

Annette de Florinier of Meridian Kung Fu Thorpe Bay receives a portable defibrillator

Additionally a few weeks ago we were delighted to support Run Free Official as sponsors of their 20 team Football tournament in aid of South Essex Mind.

BKS Reserve Team, participants in the Run Free Official Tournament, wearing their new kit

We have been supported by some other magnificent personal challenges. Annette de Florinier of Meridian Kung Fu Thorpe Bay did a virtual cycle in the Southend area, which was the equivalent of the distance from Westcliff to Ben Nevis. Julia Elston of Flyers Southend is running 53 miles during July in memory of her father. Between them they have raised over £1000.

We are grateful to a number of runners who are taking part in this October’s London Marathon and are raising funds for us. We will keep you posted on their efforts.

Thanks again for your support, we can’t do it without you. Looking forward, Covid restrictions allowing, we have three quizzes planned and don’t forget our Chairman will be completing his fundraising challenge!

Thanks once more for your support and please continue to do so!

The Trustees

Annette Completes Cycling Challenge

Congratulations and a very big thank you to Annette de Florinier of Meridian Kung Fu Thorpe Bay. During June, Annette took on the daunting challenge of cycling the equivalent distance of Southend to Ben Nevis (500 miles). Annette cycled this distance around the Southend area, maybe you spotted her on her travels!

Thank you so much on behalf of all the trustees of the Finish Line Fund. We love that having by received a portable defibrillator from us, you will be helping other organisations to benefit too.


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