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Barnet mums' thankyou fundraiser at Swan Lane Open Space to life-saving surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital
Two friends whose children received life saving treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital are holding a fundraiser to thank surgeons and staff.
Katy Sargent of Edward Road, High Barnet, and Frances Blacklock are hoping to raise more than £1,000 at the Sunday Funday this weekend in Swan Lane Open Space, Whetstone.
The pair met by chance in Oak Hill Park, East Barnet, before discovering both of their sons were operated on by the same surgeon at the central London children’s hospital.
They became good friends and recently decided to try and give something back to the institution that saved their children’s lives.
Katy’s son Brett was born with Hirschsprung’s disease, which affects the nerves in the intestine, and at just three months old required vital surgery.
Now six months old, he is back home, but must still make regular visits to the hospital for check-ups, where he will be receiving treatment until the age of 18.
Frances, of Lyonsdown Road, New Barnet, wanted to thank staff for the treatment her four-year-old son Mason Beasley received for gastrochisis.
Sunday's fundraiser includes multiple stalls, crafts, bouncy castles, a stage, a fire engine, train rides, and much more.
Katy, 32, said: “The work they do there is amazing. We want everyone to know just how grateful we are to the hospital. You don’t realise what goes on there behind closed doors until you need their help – it’s inspirational.
“The build up to the fun day has been quite stressful but we’re looking forward to it. We want as many people to come down as possible and raise as much money as we can.”
The fun day takes place between midday and 4pm and anyone is encouraged to attend.