27 April 2015


Grange Big Local gives first donation to Age UK Barnet


Grange Big Local is a community association which has secured £1 million of Big Lottery funding to help and support the community in East Finchley. Over the past 18 months local residents have been working together, and with community groups, to write a plan for how to spend the money over the next 10 years.


Their first donation, of £1,000, is to Age UK Barnet, a charity which supports older people and is based within the area. The money will be given to sponsor Age UK Barnet’s London marathon runner, Nic van der Breggen and will be match-funded by Nic’s employers, Macquaries Bank.


This is Nic’s first marathon, which he has run with jetlag, as he only flew back to the UK from a work placement in Australia on 22 April. Including the money from Grange Big Local Nic has raised over £10,000 for Age UK Barnet, an incredible achievement. He completed his marathon in 3:58:17.


Nic van der Breggen said “It has been a privilege to run my first marathon for such a worthy cause. I’m very grateful to all my sponsors, but especially Grange Big Local and Macquaries, for their support. It has been a fantastic experience.”


Pat Murphy, chair of Grange Big Local, said “We have been working with Age UK Barnet, along with other voluntary groups, over the past year. Age UK Barnet have kindly let us use their centre, the Ann Owens Centre, for meetings without charge. The committee decided we wanted to support this cause and say thank you. The opportunity to double the money Age UK Barnet receives was too good to pass up”.


Jonathan Fenton, chair of Age UK Barnet, said “We are incredibly grateful to Grange Big Local for this help. It is really important to know that the local community is behind us. It is definitely an honour to be chosen as the first recipient of a grant from this really exciting project. We are also hugely indebted to Nic, who has been training incredibly hard and worked just as hard to get sponsorship for us. He can be very proud.”


For more information on Age UK Barnet visit or find them on Facebook or Twitter.  To sponsor Nic in the London Marathon visit