Pupils raise cash for Gary’s charity

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A SECONDARY school has donated £1,000 to a charity set up in memory of a dad who died from cancer.

Gary Barton, 45, from Daventry, died in January last year at Danetre Hospital after an 11-month battle with the disease.

The father-of-two also spent time at Northampton General Hospital (NGH) during his illness, and his family set up the Gary Barton Memorial Trust in May to raise funds for both hospitals.

The charity has now raised a total of £12,000 in just nine months after William Parker School handed over a cheque for £1,000 last week.

Gary’s daughters Emily and Laura are both ex-pupils at William Parker and the school decided to arrange a non-uniform day for pupils to raise the funds.

Gary’s widow Julia Barton, 46, said: “In total we’ve raised around £12,000 in under a year and the support we’ve had has been very overwhelming.

“The money we have donated to Northampton General Hospital enabled them to purchase a portable ECG machine for around £5,000. That was fantastic because it’s the first piece of equipment we’ve obtained which makes it all very rewarding.

“They gave great care to Gary and one of his wishes was for us to help them. We are also very grateful to the school for their donation and we are now in discussions with Danetre Hospital about providing some new equipment for the Cawthorne Ward, which also gave great care to Gary .

“As well as the non-uniform day my two daughters went into the school every morning that week to give presentations to the pupils about cancer awareness.”

Ruth Roberts, assistant headteacher at William Parker, added: “We did the non-uniform day with a minimum donation and some of the tutor groups also donated more than that to help reach the total of £1,000.

“Both of Mr Barton’s daughters attended the school so the student council decided that this would be a very worthwhile cause to support.”

If you’d like to support the charity visit www.garybarton.org.