The St George’s healthcare community hosted the Tooting Trot and Family Running Festival last weekend. Set in the leafy and spacious grounds of Springfield Hospital, the festival comprised a 5k for adults, a 1k for children and a range of family entertainment.

The event was attended by over 100 runners, with many families taking part as well. Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, started the races and said: “It was an honour to open and run an extremely hot ‘Tooting Trot’ – a 5km charity ‘fun run’ at Springfield Hospital. I just missed my target time of 25 minutes, but I’m choosing to blame the weather!”

The event was hosted by St George’s Hospital Charity and South West London and St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, a collaboration that they hope will be repeated.

Notes to editors

  • 1. For more information, please call Liz Woods, Head of Fundraising and Charitable Communications at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, on 020 8725 4522 or e-mail
  • 2. St George’s Hospital Charity is a registered charity with independent Trustees set up under NHS legislation to hold and manage charitable money given to St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust. Its aim is to use the money it’s given to bring real benefits to the patients and staff in areas where the St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is not able to make grants or cannot stretch its budget. For more information go to
  • 3. Working with local organisations to promote the mental health of south west London, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust ( aims to serve the mental health needs of everyone in the five London boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.