30 seconds with our Hackney Half runners

18 May 2018

On the 20th of May, seventeen of our dedicated runners will be taking on the 13.1 miles of the Hackney Half Marathon. Want to know what led to them taking on this challenge? Read six of their stories below!


Chloe (pictured above) says that the best part of training so far has been pushing herself beyond what she thought she was capable of. She has found an unexpected side effect from her sponsored running - as her runs get longer, she finds herself exploring parts of the local area she'd never seen before!

"It's made me realise how fortunate I am to be living in an area with such an interesting history and such a positive future ahead."

Support Chloe here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chloe-edkins1


Dani’s father has suffered with several heart conditions over the years and the Barts Heart Centre has been pivotal in his treatment and recovery. Dani says that she and her three siblings have a 50% chance of inheriting one of these heart problems. She wants to get involved to give back to the centre that has supported her family in the past and may be needed again in the future.

“The support from friends and family is phenomenal, seeing them donate and just generally showing they care!”

Support Dani here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dani-does-hackney-half


Lynda is running to support patient-friendly spaces for older patients in the hospitals. She has been working to improve the environments across the sites. For example, our recent funding has created four new day rooms at the Royal London Hospital, with the aim of increasing recovery by getting patients out of bed and socialising. Lynda, who is the lead nurse of the Dementia and Delirium team, wants to raise funds so they can keep providing cakes and treats for the hospitals’ weekly ‘café clubs’, and keep these social spaces alive.     

“Loneliness is one of the biggest issues for older people and increasing socialisation while in hospital is a great way of increasing physical recovery and mental well-being.”

Support Lynda here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lynda-mcnab4


Alex (pictured top right) works at the Royal London Hospital as a junior doctor supporting surgeons, where he sees the impact that the Barts Health hospitals have first-hand. He is running to support trauma treatment in memory of Caroline Holmes, the wife of a fellow clinician at the Royal London Hospital.

“I’ve seen the work all the brilliant team there do and it is serving the London population when in most urgent need.” 

Support Alex here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helptackletrauma


Sophie (pictured bottom right) is a paediatric doctor at Newham University Hospital. Newham was recently given a £6.85m grant to redevelop the Rainbow Ward, making it an uplifting and calming environment for the children that are treated there. She is running to support future improvements like these.

“It looks absolutely amazing. All the toys, play rooms and facilities are great (and the staff of course).”

Support Sophie here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sophieandraph

New Chapter:

The staff at New Chapter (pictured middle right) have been working hard to raise money in memory of Tom Hulme, a fellow employee who sadly passed away after receiving a traumatic head injury last year. Since then, his colleagues have banded together to support the Adult Critical Care Unit (ACCU) at the Royal London Hospital, where Tom was treated. So far, they have held bake sales, run pub quizzes, and now four of them are taking on the Hackney Half.

Support New Chapter here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/newchapterbarts

Thank you to all our runners, we wish you the best of luck. If you want to find out about more of our dedicated runners, read Carly's story of her mother's treatment, or find out more about Claire's project to help the families of end-of-life patients. To support #TeamExtraordinary, please donate or come along and cheer them on!

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