Support Groups

Maureen & Linda

Maureen and Linda have been long standing supporters of Southend Hospital and have supported the charities for the last 20 years. The pair has supported all the Charitable Foundation appeals over the years, selling items in the Fundraising Unit here at the Hospital and helping the charity hit its targets. Maureen and Linda are currently supporting the Keyhole Cancer Appeal and you can catch them in the Fundraising Unit every Thursday.

To donate goods please contact Maureen on 01702 586697.


First and foremost Cadgers is an Urology support group for patients/partners including family and friends. The group meets the last Thursday every month in the Education Centre at Southend Hospital from 6pm -8pm. Anyone affected by an urology cancer is welcome to come along.

There is a speaker at each meeting, sometimes from the hospital. Others who will talk on a subject unrelated to hospital matters. Following the speaker there is a general chat which gives new members the opportunity to talk to people who may have undergone a similar treatment that they are about to encounter.
Cadgers are always delighted to welcome new members. There is no charge.


Copes holds informal information sessions for women with gynaecological cancers. COPES meet on the first Saturday of the month, 10am to 1pm in the Education Centre at Southend University Hospital. All are welcome. There are guest speakers at sessions, and support is available and Copes always talk about their latest fundraising efforts.

Contact specialist nurse on 01702 435555 ext 4122 for more information.

Take Heart

For many years now Take Heart have greatly supported the Cardiac Department here at Southend Hospital with all their fundraising and funding some vital pieces of equipment for the department. Take Heart also hold a support group, with a cardiac nurse attending each meeting to support people needing information and advice. The support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 8pm at Eastwood Community Centre.

Smellies For The Sick

Smellies For The Sick is an ongoing campaign here at the hospital which was launched in 2004. A team of volunteers dedicated to the campaign and care of the patients collect toiletries to give to the elderly patients. These may be patients that have arrived at the hospital without essentials such as toothpaste or shower gel etc. Smellies helps ensure patients have a few toiletries to make them feel comfortable on their stay at the hospital and to help maintain their dignity and respect.

If you have any unwanted toiletries of any kind they could be of great use to this cause, you can drop off any donations at the hospital at any of the information desks.

All enquiries, donations and offers of help to Christine Mason on 01702 204377

For any further information on our support groups or fundraisers please contact the fundraising department

01702 385337

Bosom Pals Support Group

Bosom Pals was formed in 1991 as a support group for patients diagnosed with breast cancer or undergoing treatment. The organisation actively fundraises to support breast care services at the hospital.

Bosom Pals has raised more than £400,000 to date for the breast unit. In May 2009 they joined forces with Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation to launch the Bosom Pals Appeal to purchase two digital mammography machines and associated IT equipment, handing over a whopping £205,000 at the launch.

The group meets every third Wednesday in the month from 7pm at the Stables, Chalkwell Park Drive (off Leigh Road) in Leigh-on-Sea.

The meetings offer an opportunity for people to meet socially, with a variety of speakers and regular outings. “It’s not all doom and gloom – if someone doesn’t want to talk about their experience we respect that,” says founder member June Foster.  “We offer support and friendship to women who are going through, or have been through, breast cancer.”

Refreshments are available at the meetings for which a donation of £1 is suggested. Bosom Pals always welcomes new members.

Advanced Surgical Equipment Trust (A.S.E.T.)

A.S.E.T., under the guidance of John Gibson MBE, has been raising money and providing the hospital with state-of-the-art equipment for over 25 years.  It began by focussing on theatres and moved on to our critical care and high dependency units.  More recently it has provided the latest cutting-edge equipment for virtually every area of the hospital including stroke, physiotherapy, rheumatology and research and development.