Hospital heroes step out for the RNOH Buttercup Walk

Buttercup Walk start

Hundreds of supporters arrived at the RNOH Stanmore on Sunday 26th June to take part in the annual sponsored Buttercup Walk through the hospital grounds. Despite the skies looking stormy as Walk Hero Maria Mirto cut the opening ribbon, the weather held out and patients, staff, families (and dogs!) made the most of the rides and attractions.

Maria led the way in her bright yellow sash showing everyone just how far she’s come since being treated at the RNOH for a bone tumour a few short years ago. Since then, Maria’s taken on the Brighton marathon twice as well as the Brighton half marathon and hopes to take part again next year for the RNOH.

Our RNOH poster girl Caitlin Kydd, who you may have seen on buses and in tube stations last summer, walked every step of the way in a record 18 minutes! It was wonderful to see so many of our past and present patients like Maria and Caitlin taking on the challenge and we hope to see you all again next year.

The companion dog show returned for another year and we were treated to a cracking performance from our local Stagecoach troupe, as well as great live music by the Fox River Conspiracy band that had everyone dancing! We saw some amazing balloon creations, and adults and children alike had a lot of fun playing the gladiator joust – parents took on children, siblings took on each other, and we even had some staff getting involved!

We are really thrilled to announce that the day raised a total of £35,000 for the hospital! We’d love to push that figure even higher, so if you have any sponsorship to collect or would like to make a donation, please send them to the RNOH Fundraising Office at the address below.

We want to say the biggest thank you to everyone who came to the event to support the RNOH Charity and who helped us to raise such an amazing total. Photos from the day are available now on the RNOH Facebook page. We'd love to see yours too, so make sure you send them in to us at

RNOH Charity address

The RNOH Charity, Fundraising Office,
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust,
Brockley Hill, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LP
T. 020 8909 5362 / 5468

The RNOH Charity Registered Charity Number 226955

The RNOH Charity raise money to help the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital provide world-class care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and to support the hospital's pioneering work in orthopaedic research and education

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