#TeamExtraordinary take on the capital

06 Jul 2017

Meet the incredible team of runners taking on the Virgin Sport British 10k this weekend. We’re wishing them a huge GOOD LUCK and thank you!

The fundraisers will run through Central London taking in iconic landmarks along the way. But apart from the whistle-stop tour of the city, what inspired them to sign up?

Crowd at the start line of the British 10k

Amanda

Amanda (pictured above) is running in memory of her friend Stacey who sadly passed away last year after being treated for cancer at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

She says: “The staff at St Bartholomew’s Hospital always took exceptional care of her, and put her forward for trials that would extend her life.  She was initially given 6 months to live when first diagnosed, but the hospital gave her over 2 years. We are all hugely grateful that Stacey got that extra time.

"I am excited about the run and know that Stacey’s memory will be the reason I cross the line. I can't wait to get going and hope that the small amount I raise can improve the life of even one person.”

Visit Amanda's Justgiving page

Matt

Matt (pictured above) is one of our Charity Champions, and true to his title has already taken on the Santa Run and Cyclethon to raise funds.

He says: “Working for Barts Health, I see the great care the staff give on a daily basis. I took up the challenge to do the 10k run to help give something back so more money goes back into the trust to continue to help with the exceptional work the staff do.

"I am actually feeling quite good about the run - training is going extremely well this time round and I can’t wait for the 9th July to come to achieve my goal.”

Visit Matt's JustGiving page

Suzie

Suzie is a ward clerk on Faraday respiratory ward at Whipps Cross Hospital.  The team are fundraising for some specialist machinery and Suzie is hoping the raise the remaining £3,000 to make the purchase possible.

She says: “Working alongside the doctors we realised that having an ABG machine based on the ward would allow patients to have more time with the doctors. Results would be faster and would also make a big difference in emergencies.

"The patients would no longer have to travel a half mile to the chest clinic when in a vulnerable condition. Therefore preserving patient dignity and giving greater patient care which can enhance the patient experience.

"I am really looking forward to the 10k run. It will however be a huge challenge.”

Colette

Colette is a student nurse and fundraising for our general fund so that the charity can allocate the funds where they are most needed. She says: “I grew up running mini marathons with my Dad for charity and I still love getting involved in them.

"I want to help raise money for Barts Charity because I recognise how important it to continue improving health care and building on current knowledge and understanding through quality research.

"I also realise that this requires funding and I would love to help towards raising the funds to continue to push the standards of quality healthcare forwards.”

Chris

Chris works in the Radiotherapy department at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and is fundraising to support the department.

The Radiotherapy department are fantastic fundraisers, and earlier this year won the ‘Best Charity Fundraiser Team’ at the Barts Health Heroes Awards thanks to their efforts:  including two bake sales and a dance show.

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