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 I am a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Chelsea Childrens Hospital. Along with my colleagues we provide a specialist Paediatric Surgery service to the North West of London.

We are currently running an appeal  which aims to raise over £1million to buy Pluto the Robot for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. This will be the first Paediatric surgical robot in the South of England, with the only other robot in the country being based in Leeds. Pluto would enable our surgeons to perform intricate surgery on babies and children with more precision, better recovery times, shorter hospital stays and smaller scars.

I decided to take on the challenge of the London marathon to raise funds for the Robot appeal. I have always been fairly sporty playing rugby, cricket and football in my younger years but had never really run continuously for more than about a mile! The Marathon is a daunting prospect but training is under way and progressing nicely

 Pluto the robot will make an enormous difference to the lives of thousands of children in the UK, and your support will help to make it a reality.

 Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Updates 3

Made it! 4 hours 54. Bit of a struggle at the end but proud to have completed it for the appeal. Thanks again to all my colleagues, family, Marina and her readers who have been so generous with their donations - this certainly kept me going in those last few miles

21/04/13 21:58

This is incredible. I honestly never expected this. You are all so generous - what a motivation boost - Thank you. If you are in the marathon too or spectating please say hello if you see me so I can thank you in person (I'll be in a white T shirt with the Pluto logo)

20/04/13 12:35

Thank you so much to all of you who have donated so far. Your generosity is overwhelming and makes me proud to be doing this. A special mention to Marina for such a thoughtful and very flattering article and to all her readers who have taken the trouble to sponsor me - Thankyou

19/04/13 23:22

Raising money for

Childrens Hospital Trust Fund

Childrens Hospital Trust Fund

Charity Registration No. 283091

We step in to buy urgently-needed medical and surgical equipment and provide services to help sick babies and children and their families in Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

Donations 1344

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Great cause - hope your fitness level has improved since you were a younger amateur Rugby player.....

Donation by Tracey Dixon (Levy) on 22/05/13

Donation by Nicola Gowan on 16/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Congrats on the marathon and raising so much money for such a good cause. A great, v moving column by Marina to raise awareness of it.

Donation by Louise Tutt on 08/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Vida Russell on 08/05/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

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Well done for all that you do, including finishing the marathon! Thanks to Marina for her article.

Donation by Pat Worthington on 06/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Congratulations on finishing the marathon. And thank you for the work you do.

Donation by another Guardian reader on 03/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Many thanks to Marina for all the political arguments I've nicked off you Well done marathon man

Donation by a guardian reader on 03/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 02/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Moved to donate by Marina's wonderful article. Well done on running the marathon for such an inspiring cause!

Donation by Jacqui Stevenson on 30/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Nicholas Madden on 29/04/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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As a mother of 2 healthy children I know how lucky I am. As a fellow marathon runner, I know how much running for a charity can mean. Well done.

Donation by Gill Sparrow on 29/04/13

£50.00

Donation by Molly Roberts on 28/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 28/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 28/04/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Congratulations! In celebration of the safe arrival of Alex on 24/04, whose Mum did a 10k charity waddle a few weeks earlier. Thank you too, Marina.

Donation by Gilian Cleeve on 28/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Congratulations William. I read about your marathon in Marina's article.

Donation by Maureen Vilar on 27/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Great running William! Great article Marina!

Donation by susan docherty on 27/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Gill Callinan on 26/04/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Finally getting around to reading Marina's article. Congratulations on finishing the marathon!

Donation by Corinne Buivenga on 26/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well Done William - my mother-in-law has asked me to put a tenner on you!

Donation by rachel collyer on 26/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done!

Donation by Julie on 26/04/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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I am grateful for Marina Hyde's article in the Guardian for drawing my attention to your fund raising efforts.

Donation by Anonymous on 26/04/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Another finding my way here from the article (the power of the internet put to good use!!). Best wishes from Singapore, great great effort!

Donation by Mark Portlock on 26/04/13

£20.00

Donation by Anonymous on 25/04/13

£60.00

+ £15.00 Gift Aid

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I am so happy to sponsor someone who is dedicated to his work beyond normal practises well done on breaking 5 hours!!!!!! Great article

Donation by DaviD Wood on 25/04/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£28,554.69
  • Offline donations£829.05
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£29,383.74
  • Gift Aid£5,940.49

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