A HOSPICE is set to take over the organisation of Southend’s popular triathlon.

Havens Hospice, which provides nursing care to adults and children, has taken over the triathlon.

Now in its fourth year, the challenge features a 750m open water swim, a 20k cycle, and a 5k run.

It is almost entirely flat, which makes it ideal for all abilities.

The event was previously run by sportswear brand Sundried, which is now sponsoring the triathlon instead.

The event, which will be supporting Havens Hospice for the first time, will take place on July 19, on Shoebury Common beach.

Jane Hopkins, event organiser, said: “We’re thrilled to be taking on the Southend triathlon event this summer which attracts hundreds of people from across Essex and further afield to Shoebury Common beach.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Sundried for all their support during the transition process and for allowing us to continue their hard work in making the event the great success that it is.

“The atmosphere on the day is amazing and this is also the only open water swim triathlon in the area which makes it a truly unique challenge for those who want to have fun, keep fit and support a charity. “

The hospice boss added: “We must raise over £81,000 each week to be there for those who need us and if it wasn’t for the support and generosity of the people who take part in our challenges and events, we wouldn’t exist.”

Hospice bosses have also appealed for volunteers to help out on the day. Roles include marshals on the course, helping with food and drink, or helping with registration.

To find out more about volunteering, visit the volunteering tab on the hospice’s website.

n Havens Hospice has several services which support and care for patients and families, throughout illness, death, and bereavement.

These include Fair Havens, The J’s, and Little Havens.

In recent weeks, after almost two years of fundraising, the hospice reached its target of £15.4 million to build a new home.

Fundraising began in May 2018, and the Echo launched a Power of a Pound campaign to ask residents across south Essex to all give just £1 to help the charity reach its target.

The new hospice, to be built by Barnes Construction, will feature 16 bedrooms and increased community services, meaning it will be able to care for twice as many patients who are facing end-of-life illnesses.

If you wish to take part in this year’s triathlon, visit the triathlon tab on Havens Hospice’s website at www.havenshospices.org.uk.