Hard work in Hackney

16 May 2019

This year, four inspiring runners join the Hackney Half Marathon for us.

Marianne, Angela, George and Michael spoke to us about why they are passionate about raising money for their hospitals.



Michael (pictured top) is a Violence Reduction Nurse at The Royal London Hospital. He has run one half marathon before, and is in good shape to get a personal best this year.

“I’m running for Barts Charity because they do a great deal for the hospital. From the regeneration of our relatives’ room with new furniture, to our pilot scheme of offering tissues to victims of domestic abuse that have a hidden helpline number on them, to funding new clinical equipment, and to the establishment of After Trauma projects.

"They are so helpful in cultivating innovation across the trust, and most recently have done so in a very personal way by funding preliminary research for setting up a violence reduction service for the hospital.”

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Marianne (pictured right) is an experienced runner, with two London Marathons under her belt. She decided to run the Hackney Half after both her step-dad and younger sister were treated for cancer at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

“My step-dad recently completed treatment for prostate cancer at Barts and received the highest quality of care. In 2012, my younger sister was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma and underwent six months of chemotherapy. Within six weeks of treatment, she was declared cancer-free and has remained so ever since.

"I accompanied her to the chemotherapy sessions and saw how hard working everyone was and wanted to do something to raise money for the charity so they can keep giving this first-rate care.”

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Angela is a Roald Dahl Transition Nurse Specialist for Barts Health NHS Trust, meaning she works with patients who are transitioning from paediatric to adult services. She is fundraising to improve the experiences of teenagers who are admitted to adult wards.

“Currently, if a 16-18 year old is admitted to adult wards, the needs of a ‘young adult’ are not being met. In adult areas these young people have little or no access to play, distraction, TV/ DVD, and they have poor links with the hospital school so they can miss out in education whilst in hospital.

"The patients admitted can often be frequent attenders due to long term chronic health problems and can sometimes be inpatients for weeks at a time. This can cause disruption to education/employment and social interactions with peers and, as you can appreciate, be a very difficult time for them. 

"Everybody will know a friend or relative who has been admitted to hospital at some point and will know what a difficult and challenging time this can be. It can also be extremely BORING! Being able to improve these experiences for this vulnerable age group can have a huge positive impact on not just their physical health but also their mental health during this time.”

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George is taking on the Hackney Half to thank the team at St Bartholomew's Hospital for the care given to his girlfriend, Hattie. 

“My girlfriend has been having chemotherapy at St Bartholomew’s and considering what a stressful time it has been we couldn’t be happier with everyone at the hospital. We both feel lucky to live in London and have St Bartholomew’s as our nearest chemo hospital.

"This will be my third time running the Hackney Half, it’s an amazing event and something I’m very proud of as I live and work in Hackney."

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Thank you to all of our runners for helping to make your hospitals extraordinary. Good luck on Sunday!

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