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Spinnaker Tower abseil for Seth

On Bank Holiday Monday a large group of family and friends gathered at the top of the Spinnaker Tower to "Abseil for Seth" - a brave 8-year-old cancer sufferer.

As a result £9,000 was raised for the regional cancer centre for children, Piam Brown ward (Southampton Hospital Charity) and the Lymphoma Association. 


Seth's story

Seth with dad abseilingSetting off for school last January, it was a normal day for Seth Rowsell from Stubbington, but that afternoon he came back with a swollen throat.

Two weeks later he was in intensive care at Southampton General Hospital, diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma, a particularly aggressive cancer. Months of chemotherapy sessions followed and it was a wonderful day six months later when he was formally declared to be in remission. Throughout, Seth dealt with his condition bravely and with his usual good nature. 

Now back to his lively self, Seth and his sisters were amongst the 50 supporters cheering on the 13 abseilers, which included his dad Ivan, and granddad Mick, a former Search and Rescue helicopter winchman.

Ivan and Emma Rowsell have published a blog of their family's experience which they hope will help others going through similar experiences -

Seth said, “I wish I was old enough to do the abseil too.  I will do it in 10 years on my 18th birthday”. 


Two of Seth’s abseilers were delighted to be supported financially by Old Mutual Wealth, a local employer which supports staff in charitable fundraising.  

By Stephanie Danby, co-ordinator, Spinnaker Tower Abseil for Seth. Photo credited to: Emma Rowsell - if you look closely you can see dad abseiling down behind Seth! 


Spinnaker Tower abseil and children's sleepover

If you have been inspired to take part in your own abseil down the Spinnaker Tower, then you can join the Southampton Hospital Charity team on Sunday 25 September. Find out more information here:

Or for our younger supporters, like Seth, we have the exciting opportunity to actually sleepover up at the top of the Spinnaker Tower on Friday 16 September. Children must be aged 5-16 years, and more information can be found here:


Piam Brown ward appeal

This September, running parallel with Children's Cancer Awareness Month, we have launched our Piam Brown ward refurbishment.

The Piam Brown ward at Southampton General Hospital is one of only 20 specialist paediatric cancer centres in the UK. Treating over 120 children every year from across the South, its 24 hour care and dedicated team of passionate staff make it the happiest sad place in the hospital. 

We have been working on a private appeal to raise £550,000 to totally transform the Piam Brown ward into an environment designed entirely around the child and family experience. Whilst we have raised the majority of the sum, we are now entering the final month of the appeal and are seeking the support of our generous community to help us jump the final hurdle. To find out more about the appeal, and how to get involved, click here.

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