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It’s our 40th Anniversary today!

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Today, 28th May 2015, is our official 40th Anniversary, and we are marking this occasion by going back to our roots in Southend-on-Sea as part of our Seaside Walk Week.

Joan Pat Laurance

Joan and Patrick Laurance

The origins of the charity can be traced back to Southend-on-Sea, when the founders Joan and Patrick Laurance were offered their own much-needed break. The Laurance’s, who were going through a difficult time, were invited to stay in Southend at the house of a friend who was going away. The break away from home gave them a refreshed outlook on life and some much needed happy family memories to cherrish. Years later, when they were in a position to help, they set up the charity to give other struggling families the same opportunity. You can read more about the origin in our 40th Anniversary brochure here.

Our official Anniversary is being marked with our Southend-On-Sea walk for Seaside Walk Week. The event is new this year, and features a series of guided walks along the coast, which began on Saturday 23rd May, with each day featuring a new walk location and a new adventure.

Our Southend-On-Sea walk starts at Leigh-on-Sea station and passes the famous seafood sheds where you can watch cockles being

Southend Pier

Southend Pier

unloaded from the boats. Next, we’ll walk through picturesque Old Leigh, and see the breath-taking views of the estuary over to Kent, before passing under the cliff gardens at Westcliff, arriving at the Grade II listed pier – the longest pier in Britain!

It’s not too late to join us for our Southend-On-Sea walk! Just meet us at Leigh on Sea station at 1.30pm today.