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Play Specialist takes on Half Marathon!

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On 2 April 2023, Claire Gillman, a Play Specialist at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital will be running the London Landmarks Half Marathon!



This will be Claire’s third half marathon having completed the Royal Parks half in 2016 and the London Landmarks half in 2021. She is in full training mode and is looking to also gain a personal best time after running in 2021 with an injury. Her partner Dave is running with her! Read her story here…

“Give A Duck are a charity very close to my heart. As a Play Specialist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, these ducks have realistic Hickman Line or Port-a-cath used for children going through cancer treatment. The ducks, help to make the children feel ‘normal’ and that someone else is like them that they can relate to.

The charity also provide beautiful unique handmade duck outfits made and donated from Blue Light Babies, a community group of over 7,000 creatives who support Give A Duck on their mission to help bring comfort and support to children facing cancer. To date, an incredible 390 duck outfits and have been sent to GOSH for the children to choose upon their visit to hospital this makes a visit to hospital less daunting and more something to look forward to!”

Did you know? Give A Duck have been supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital for over 4 years. In that time, this small charity has donated 300 Chemo Ducks for children with cancer. Each Chemo Duck costs £25 for the charity to provide, so that’s £7,500 in fundraising donated to help children with cancer under the care of GOSH.

“Having seen what an amazing impact these ducks have for children going through the toughest of times through therapeutic play and simple comfort, has made me passionate about raising money for such a worthwhile charity who really do make all the difference.” – Claire


Claire hopes to raise £1k to fund 40 Chemo Ducks!

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Follow Claire on Instagram: @clairegillman34


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