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Journey To The Gills - Sponsored Walk - In Aid Of The Shrimpers Trust And Little Havens Hospice

Saturday 5th October 2019

Whilst the vast majority making the trip from South Essex to Kent for Southend United's away game with Gillingham FC will have come to the game by coach, car or train, a small group of supporters joined by Southend United's Head of Commercial are taking a different option.

The Trust is pleased to announce that on Saturday 5th October 2019 nine Shrimpers Trust members together with Southend United's Head of Commercial Rhys Ellingham will be putting on their walking boots to trek the 33.4 miles from Roots Hall Stadium to Southend's away game with League 1 rivals Gillingham FC at the Priestfield Stadium ME7, Kent.


Setting off at the ridiculous hour of 11pm on Friday 4th October we will be walking through the night raising funds for the Trust and Little Havens Hospice.

Our team is made up as follows:

  • Deborah Davidson
  • Rhys Ellingham
  • Paul FitzGerald
  • Tom Flynn
  • Sarah Franklin
  • Lesley Hicks
  • Sean Lopeman
  • Callum Reavell
  • Callum Turp
  • Bryan Woodford
Through supporter membership and fund raising the Shrimpers Trust provides sponsorship to Southend United's Youth Academy and will also donate money to support other important causes in and around the Football Club. We see Southend United as being an important part of the town and surrounding area.
Essex based Little Havens Hospice, provides such valuable care to children and young people aged from birth to 19 years old who have life limiting or life threatening conditions. Through its support groups it also provides essential services to parents and siblings to help them through such difficult times. Residential and community services extend across the county of Essex, including respite and end-of-life care.
When a family has been told that there's no cure for their child's illness, Little Havens Hospice can help. They are there to make the journey as comfortable as possible, controlling pain and medication, offering respite and caring for children at the end of their lives. Their specialist care is free - for as long as is needed - within the family home and at our hospice.
Through the Trust's fund raising efforts we want to contribute to the Hospice's work in enabling them to continue to provide the highest quality palliative care services to those impacted in our local community.
We are aiming to do all we can to make this event a great success and therefore any sponsorship pledge you can make no matter how small will be very welcome, with monies raised to be split 50/50 between the Trust and Little Havens Hospice.

You can sponsor the team or an individual walker - we really don't mind. Our team will all have sponsor forms available or alternatively you can make a donation by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to the Shrimpers Trust (or Little Havens Hospice if you prefer) and sent to Journey to the Gills, The Shrimpers Trust, PO Box 5830, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 9FD.

You can also download a sponsorship form by clicking here , add your details and post it back to the Trust with your cheque.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please remember to tick the Gift Aid box when donating as this will increase your donation by at least 25% at no cost to you.

And if you wish to donate directly to Little Havens visit our JustGiving page at

This event is kindly organised by a supporter of Little Havens Hospice.
Any queries about the event should be directed to the organiser Lesley Hicks at

In anticipation thank you so much for your support.


Journey To The Gills Team

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