20th December, 2021: Winners

1st Prize: £1,000 cash (courtesy of MedicsPro) – Sherry Morgan

2nd Prize: Two night hotel break – Eddie Roberts

3rd Prize: Three course meal and cocktails for two – Miss S. I Smith

4th Prize: Luxury hamper (courtesy of Tusker) – Harper

5th Prize: £30 gift voucher – Mrs G. Green

Over £530,000 has been awarded in grants to 10 charities from the Mid & South Essex Community Partnership Grants Programme

Home-Start Essex and Southend in Sight are among 10 local voluntary organisations to receive a share of £530,000, awarded from the Mid & South Essex Community Partnership Grants Programme.

The Programme has been administered locally by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF), working with the Mid & South Essex Hospitals Charity, Mid and South Essex Health Care Partnership and NHS Charities Together.

Grants of between £30,000 and £80,000 are being awarded to help communities that have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, giving a much-needed boost to local charities in this challenging time, and whose work is helping to reduce the demand on NHS services.

The funded organisations support local residents, including children and young people, older people, families, those with disabilities, homeless people and carers.

Andy Payne Worpole, Head of Programmes at ECF, said: “Working together with our partners means that the money generously donated during the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Appeal has the greatest impact.

“The grants awarded will support a diverse range of community groups that are making a difference to the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds in mid and South Essex. The organisations to receive grants are:

  • BOSP Brighter Opportunities for Special People, in Basildon, have been funded to provide counselling and a respite service for children with disabilities and life limiting illnesses, who are unable to attend school during the pandemic
  • CARA Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse offer counselling to survivors of sexual violence across mid and south Essex
  • Dial South Essex have received funding to support disabled people of all ages, their carers and families
  • Home-Start Essex are being supported to provide mental health and wellbeing support to expectant and new parents or parents with pre-school children
  • SNAP have been funded for their family support service informing and empowering parents with special needs or disabled children across South Essex
  • South Essex Advocacy Services have been supported to fund the extension for the ‘Hospital to Home’ service, including older people with significant support needs in Basildon, Rochford and Southend
  • Southend In Sight are working in a partnership called Essex Vision to improve and increase the support offered to visually impaired people
  • Yellow Door Youth Hub have received funding to provide counselling, mentoring, and social activities for young people, aged 11 to 25, on Canvey Island
  • CHESS have been funded to help people across Chelmsford, Braintree, Maldon and Rochford who are homeless or rough sleepers
  • Southend Carers’ Forum engage with local unpaid carers with a focus on underrepresented groups including young carers, those from Black, Asian, Minority Ethic communities and male carers

(left to right): Georgie Haynes, Community Engagement Officer, Dean James, Talk and Support Assistant and Lucy Martin, Chief Executive of Southend in Sight.

Alan Tobias OBE, Chair of Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity, said: “I have passed on my congratulations to the successful organisations and I wished them well with their planned work. I am really pleased we have been able to deliver the programme and look forward to seeing the organisations work in partnership with the community of Mid & South Essex.”

Professor Mike Thorne CBE, Chair of Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership said: “I am delighted such a varied group of local organisations in Mid and South Essex will be able to support and help make a difference to the lives of those in our communities that have been impacted most by the pandemic, thanks to our community grants programme funded by NHS Charities Together.”

“Essex Vision”, four local sight loss charities, are working together to address the needs of the visually impaired community who have been affected by COVID-19.  They will use the grant to provide outreach, wellbeing activities, information and support, helping to reduce isolation and increase confidence as we come out of the pandemic.

Lucy Martin, Chief Executive of Southend in Sight, on behalf of Essex Vision and the four charities said: “We are all thrilled to be working together across Mid & South Essex to help visually impaired people build their confidence as society begins to open up.

“It has been particularly difficult for many to navigate their way through the pandemic and as small local charities we can now provide the much needed one to one support to help those most in need.”

For more information about applying to ECF for a grant, visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk or call 01245 356018.





Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity supports Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, we are one charity fundraising on behalf of Southend, Basildon and Thurrock and Mid Essex Hospitals. Working with inspirational local people, our vision is to raise the funds needed to support the delivery of high quality care for every patient, every time.

NHS Charities Together is the national charity caring for the NHS. It is made up of 241 NHS charity members based with hospitals, mental health trusts, ambulance trusts, community health trusts and health boards across the UK.

Calling all Crafters

We need our knitting army to get their needles out in aid of Southend Hospital dementia patients. Due to the pandemic, we are asking you to make the items and keep them in your home for the time being – please DO NOT bring them to the Lodge as we have no room.

We have patterns to make cuddly toys which soothe patients with this distressing condition here:

Dog (Knit a Teddy

Toby the Tiger

Polly and Kate

Any queries, please email clinical development nurse Claire.buckell@southend.nhs.uk

Tibra Capital Foundation-Europe donation helps in fight against Covid-19

Basildon Intensive Care Unit is equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology to aid treatment in the battle against COVID-19, after an extremely generous donation from Tibra Capital Foundation-Europe funded the purchase of 27 new Mindray Monitors.

Tibra Capital Foundation, the philanthropic division of the Tibra group – a leading prop trading firm, donated £112,260 which was used to buy the new monitors that are larger in size than previously available. This new kit, which arrived in time to help fight the second wave of the virus, will help staff who are working tirelessly in ICU by improving workflow efficiency and information managements. It will provide advanced monitoring and life support to ensure the highest standards of care for our patients.

Tibra Capital Foundation-Europe said: “Due to the global pandemic, we felt it was our duty to help anyway we could. Following the request by a Tibra colleague, we were able to make a donation to Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals in order for the hospital to purchase equipment which would help with the fight against COVID-19. The Trustees and committee members of the TCFE are thrilled to see these machines in use and making a huge difference to the lives of many. We thank everyone at Basildon hospital for their continued dedication with helping us all win the fight against COVID-19”.

Lucy Thomas-Clayton, director of charity and voluntary services, commented: “We are extremely grateful for the incredibly generous donation made by Tibra Capital Foundation, which will make a notable difference to both staff and patients at Basildon ICU. We are fortunate to have the support of many businesses both locally and on a larger scale and the donation made by Tibra Capital Foundation-Europe is a prime example of how our hospitals can benefit from this. Thank you Tibra Capital Foundation-Europe.”

Roopson Paluri,Matron of Critical care at the Basildon site


17th December, 2020: Winners

1st Prize: £1000 Cash – Jenny Pym

2nd Prize: 4 Ball & Lunch – courtesy of Crondon Park Golf Club – Mr Pressland

3rd Prize: Jo Malone Cologne – G White

4th Prize: Luxury Hamper (courtesy of Tusker) – S. Down

5th Prize: £25 Gift Voucher – David Wiggins

New Year message from Lucy Thomas-Clayton, director of charity and voluntary services:

As 2020 draws to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to look back over the year and thank you all but also look ahead to 2021 with optimism and encouragement as we hope for a healthier and happier year for all.

After the toughest and most challenging year in NHS history I can proudly say that you, our supporters, rallied together and helped us overcome these extraordinary times – and continue to do so.

From our dependable and invaluable volunteers to our fantastic fundraisers and generous donors; we have been both humbled and inspired to see the efforts you have gone to in 2020 and will be forever grateful for the overwhelming level of support that you have shown our hospitals during these difficult days for everyone.

When faced with such adversity, we have seen the absolute best from our local community and you have demonstrated great togetherness and tenacity in this fight against COVID-19.

Thank you for all your dedicated and loyal support and for making a difference to the lives of both staff and patients. 

I wish you and your loved ones all the very best for a Happy New Year.

COVID-19 Charity Update 30/12/20

We have been overwhelmed with the incredible support we have received from members of the public and businesses locally and nationally throughout this year. However, given the second surge of COVID-19, we politely request that our supporters do not visit us on the hospital sites at this present time. Your safety, and that of our patients and staff, is our priority. Unfortunately, we will also be temporarily unable to accept donations of knitting or used items such as toys, books, gifts, or artwork etc.

However, we are able to accept new unused items such as bottles of water and ambient foods  by appointment only. We cannot accept any hot food items. All items will need to be quarantined for 72 hours before they are distributed to staff and used within the wellbeing hubs onsite.

To discuss making a donation or to find out more please contact the fundraising team on 01702 435555 ext. 6401 or 01268 524900 ext. 2897 or email MSE.Charity@nhs.net

New £535,000 Community Partnership Grants Programme launched for Mid and South Essex

Essex Community Foundation (ECF) is delivering this programme on behalf of Mid & South Essex Hospitals Charity for the benefit of Mid and South Essex.

Funding of £535,000 has been made available by NHS Charities Together to support voluntary and community organisations in Mid and South Essex that are helping to support the health and wellbeing of those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  NHS Charities Together recognises the vital importance of voluntary sector partnerships outside of the hospital setting such as hospices, community health care and social care.

We are interested to hear from organisations that can demonstrate how their work compliments the priorities set out in the Health and Care Partnership Plan and those that are interested in working with the Health and Care Partnership to address health inequalities in their communities. We will ask you to tell us how you already work with the Health Care Partnership or compliment their priorities, either operationally or strategically.

Priority is likely to be given to applicants that are either:

  • working in areas of high deprivation
  • supporting people who are disproportionality affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • helping those who experience barriers in accessing support from health and social care

Examples of potential projects could be:

  • Managing the transition of the elderly from hospital to home
  • Providing mental health support
  • Supporting vulnerable members of the community or end of life care
  • Early intervention and preventative health and social care projects
  • Improving the use of digital platforms
  • Improving information and advice on social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic for those facing communication and language barriers

We are happy to consider either new projects or those that need to be scaled-up to better respond as a direct result of COVID-19. For example, increase staff capacity on a project experiencing high demand or where projects are having to adapt to operate safely.

You can find further guidance and the application form here: Mid and South Essex Community Partnership Grants Programme – Essex Community Foundation

This is a two-stage application process, with an initial expression of interest to be made in the first instance. The deadline date for this is 5pm on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

If you are invited through to second stage, final decisions will be in April 2021.

If you have any questions please contact: Phone 01245 356 018 – E-mail grants@essexcf.org.uk – WhatsApp 07854 425257


St Johns Church generous donation transforms critical care team’s work

Southend Hospital critical care unit’s storage facilities have been greatly enhanced and the critical care team’s work transformed, after a generous donation of £30,000 from St Johns Church was used to purchase specialist storage racking.

The bespoke racking, which cost £15,834, is movable on tracks and doubles the previous storage capacity in the critical care unit, allowing for safe and immediate access to life-saving equipment and consumables. The critical care unit orders a huge amount of consumables in order to ensure that there is continuous stock for patients. The new racking is hugely beneficial as it will play a vital role in meeting this storage demand and ensuring that the unit does not run low on this life saving equipment. It will also help improve the efficiency and speed of care as staff will know exactly where the equipment is located, helping to save valuable time and ensure patients receive the best possible care.

The remaining amount from St Johns Church’s generous donation was used to fund care packages and essentials for critical care in the fight against COVID-19. Allen Littlejohns (pictured below), volunteer chaplain at Southend Hospital and church warden at St Johns Church, coordinated the donation on behalf of St Johns Church.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to bits that the money has been given to critical care. The work that the critical care team are doing is essential but also the whole hospital from nurses and doctors to admin support and porters. They have all been affected in some way by the pandemic and if we can make things a little bit easier for the critical care team then I’m more than happy to do that.”

Sarah Martin, senior sister on critical care, explained how ecstatic the critical care staff are about the new equipment and how appreciative they are of the funding from St Johns Church. Sarah had got a quote for the racking prior to COVID-19 hitting but it was out of their budget. She was then made aware of the charity funding and the racking was their number one wish.

“We are just so thankful to St Johns Church for their incredibly generous donation and everyone at critical care is so grateful for their support in helping us to get a vital piece of equipment that had been top of our wish list,” Sarah said.

Sarah commented that the new racking has now transformed the storage facilities and is making a significant difference during the second wave of COVID-19.

“The equipment is now easy to get to, especially in an emergency, you can grab anything really quickly and easily and of course we’re able to stock more too. Without a doubt, it’s made a huge difference to both staff and patients. It’s brilliant and we’re all just really ecstatic and chuffed about it.

“For critical care to get this amount of money spent on us is just amazing and all the staff are really thankful,” Sarah concluded.

Sarah Martin with the racking equipment in critical care

Charity News available to read now

The winter edition of our newsletter, Charity News, is available to read here now and highlights all the amazing fundraising efforts and donations that have been pouring in and how this support is making a difference to the lives of both patients and staff.

Charity news, previously called Fundraising News, is the first newsletter since the charities for Southend, Basildon and Broomfield Hospitals merged on 1st April, 2020. Since then, we have experienced testing times and unprecedented changes as a consequence of COVID-19 and we will be forever grateful to our supporters for stepping up to the challenge presented by the virus.

Director of Charity and Voluntary Services Lucy Thomas-Clayton comments in her opening letter: “I would like to thank you all for the overwhelming level of support you have shown our hospitals during this time. It has been both humbling and inspiring to see the efforts you have gone to and we are profoundly grateful for all you have done during these challenging times.”

Read Charity News, the newsletter for supporters of Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity, by clicking here.

Click here if you would like to make a donation to Mid & South Essex Hospitals Charity.

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