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£1,275raised of £1,600 target by 42 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,275 to refurbish the children's play area at Barton House Group Practice in Stoke Newington.

    London Borough of Hackney, London, UK
    Funded on Monday, 6th August 2018

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    Barton House Group Practice is a GP surgery in Stoke Newington, Hackney with over 12.5k patients. The surgery sees hundreds of people (incl. lots of children, obviously) every day as well as providing a baby clinic and a weekly welfare rights advice session, amongst other services.

    As patients we have received many kindnesses at Barton House over the years, beyond the standard GP care. We have also benefitted from incredible care from the NHS, even as the NHS struggles due to budget cuts.

    Visiting Barton House recently, we noticed that the well-loved children's play area in the waiting room looked a bit battered and ready for a refresh. We decided to try and raise the money to buy a new set of waiting room toys and paint a new mural in the alcove. Toys suitable for a medical waiting room are expensive: they must be designed to withstand a lot of use and meet high safety standards. The brilliant staff at the practice are working with us directly on this, but the fundraising is down to us.

    We aim mainly to raise this money by running several races: on Saturday 26th May 2018 Marlo will be running a "kid's mile" and I will be running a 5k, followed by a 10k on Saturday 2nd June. We've got a lot of training to do! :)

    Marlo was also born with severe talipes (club feet) and has been through a lot to turn his feet the right way round including two operations last year, so it's extra special to us for him to be able to run a race for a good cause now.

    If you or anyone you know lives nearby and uses this surgery we'd be grateful if you could donate even a little bit, forward this or share on social media to help us reach our goal. Thanks for your help, we really appreciate it. We're excited to get started on this project!

    Laura & Marlo



    • Laura Ward2 months ago
      Laura Ward

      Laura Ward

      2 months ago

      The surgery have very kindly offered to make up the rest of the money, so we'll update with before & after pics of the play area as soon as we can. Thanks so much everyone for your really generous donations, we can't wait to get started on a new mural, toys ordered and see the finished result :) Thank you! Laura & Marlo x

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    • Laura Ward2 months ago
      Laura Ward

      Laura Ward

      2 months ago

      We completed our final race on Saturday, in this lovely hot weather! :) Me: 10 miles in 1 hour 43 (33rd of 42 runners and 10th of 14 women - I'm happy with that as I've only had a month to work up to that distance) Marlo: 1 mile in 12:42 mins (36th out of 59 kids) - didn't quite beat his previous time of 12:05 but a valiant effort nevertheless, since it was crazy hot and he had a stitch :)

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    • Laura Ward2 months ago
      Laura Ward

      Laura Ward

      2 months ago

      Saturday 30th June: 10 miles for me and another kid's mile for Marlo (hoping to beat his time). So far I'm up to 7.4 miles (11.9km) with 3 weeks to go. Wish us luck! :)

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    Page last updated on: 7/2/2018 12:41 PM



    • Patricia Cardis

      Patricia Cardis

      Jun 14, 2018

      A good idea!


    • Janet Warner

      Janet Warner

      Jun 12, 2018

      Great idea, good luck to both of you


    • Anonymous


      May 30, 2018

      Run run run!


    • Lucy


      May 21, 2018


    • Rosa & Family

      Rosa & Family

      May 17, 2018


    • Andrew Diprose

      Andrew Diprose

      May 17, 2018


    • Jenny Diprose

      Jenny Diprose

      May 13, 2018

      Thanks so much for doing a brilliant thing. We’re at that surgery a lot!Good luck with the runs! Jenny (Bella’s mum)! And family xx


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    Laura Ward

    Laura Ward

    London Borough of Hackney, London, UK

    After quitting smoking a year ago (after 20 years of unwavering commitment) I've now taken the radical and totally non-cliched step of running races for charity. Don't judge me, apparently this is what happens to you in your thirties, apart from getting really into slippers.

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