Charity dinner raises over £7,000 for the Spotlight Radiotherapy Appeal

A charity dinner held last week has seen local businessman David Dedman raise over £7,000 for Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation’s Spotlight Appeal.

Toulouse Restaurant welcomed over eighty guests in support of the appeal which aims to raise £600,000 which will fund four new Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) devices. The equipment will mean that Southend’s Radiotherapy department will be able to offer patients with cancer the latest in radiotherapy delivery.

Benefits of SGRT are extensive; greater accuracy, the reduction of imaging and waiting times, elimination of tattoo placement markings and closed face masks being replaced with more patient-friendly open masks for those with head or neck cancers.

Reflecting on the success of the evening, David Dedman said “It was such a wonderful and enjoyable evening. The generosity of everyone that made it to the evening was extraordinary and I’m thrilled that it not only raised such a fantastic amount of money but also significantly raised the profile of the appeal.

“A special thank you to Colin Thorne of Toulouse for his work in hosting the event, Mike Gray for his generous sponsorship and Angus Thornes for his kind donation of £1,000.”

The Spotlight Radiotherapy Appeal total now stands at £364,000, all of which is a testament to the charitable spirit of the local community. For further information, or to support the appeal, visit: