Celebrating our Barts Health Heroes

13 Feb 2020

Every year, we're proud to fund the Barts Health Heroes Awards, celebrating staff who go above and beyond for their patients.

At last night's ceremony, we also crowned our charity winners, who've given us outstanding support in the last 12 months...

Individual ambassador

Violence Reduction Nurse Michael Carver works on reducing knife crime through his work at The Royal London Hospital. Our funding has supported him through various outreach projects for at-risk youth. Over the last year, Michael has been a fantastic ambassador, promoting the charity and presenting his work as part of fundraising campaigns.

He has also taken on his own fundraising events, like the Hackney Half Marathon and the London Santa Run, and shared his tips on running and fundraising to encourage others to get involved.

Fundraiser team

The team at Lloyds Pharmacy in St Bartholomew's Hospital banded together to make a massive fundraising difference. Together, they ran the ASICS London 10k, bonding as a team and raising over £1,000. They're a great example to other teams throughout the Trust!

Ambassador team 

The NHS isn't just the nurses and doctors - every single person is responsible for making the hospitals as great as they are. Our Ambassador Team winners this year are the Newham Estates team, who worked so hard to make sure that our fundraising drive launched without a hitch.

Individual fundraiser

Our individual fundraiser award went to Jess Anderson, who ran the London Marathon for us last year. To raise more funds, she decided to try to smash the world record for fastest marathoner in a nurse's outfit. However, Guinness World Records said that her run wouldn't be valid, as their definition of a nurse's uniform included a dress, apron and cap.

Jess ran the marathon in her full uniform anyway, sparking the hashtag #WhatNursesWear and encouraging people to challenge outdated stereotypes of what it means to be a nurse. Thanks to her marathon effort, the ruling on the 'nurse' world record category was changed - and she raised almost £6,000 for her hospital!

During the awards ceremony, she was surprised by radio personality Simon Mayo, who had supported her world record attempt, and Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday who handed over her official world record certificate. Watch the moment she was surprised here.

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