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Private GP practice marks first anniversary with park volunteer awards

Extracellular GP has made the award as a token of appreciation for the contribution made by the community's Friends of Parks groups.

Dr Maria Ratnarajah from Extracellular GP practice in Altrincham

A private GP practice on Manchester Road in Altrincham has marked its first year in business by awarding £100 of vouchers to three local volunteer groups.

Extracellular GP, which offers high-quality private GP healthcare services to residents in Altrincham, Timperley, Bowdon, Hale, Sale and across Greater Manchester, has made the award as a token of appreciation for the contribution made by the community's Friends of Parks groups.

The volunteer groups, which work tirelessly to support John Leigh Park, Stamford Park and Woodstock Park, have received £100 in Homebase vouchers to spend on equipment.

The Friends of John Leigh Park will be replacing several of their current brushes used daily to clean out the park’s aviary and the gardening team will use the rest for tools and colourful plants.

The Friends of Stamford Park gardening team will be purchasing new equipment with the voucher, while at Woodstock Park in Broadheath the vouchers will be used to buy outdoor and metal paint to spruce up the railings and play equipment.

The private GP practice owners, Drs Maria and Niruban Ratnarajah, said they were both hugely grateful for the “selfless dedication” of the volunteer groups and that this was a very appropriate way to mark its first 12 months in operation.

Over that time, the specialists at Extracellular GP have sought to provide additional access to “prompt, professional and personalised” medical care, providing patients with same day appointments either face to face or via video.

Dr Maria Ratnarajah, Managing Director of Extracellular GP and a local mum of four children, said: “The unwavering commitment to the local community in ensuring that our parks remain safe, clean, and tidy environments for all residents to enjoy aligns perfectly with the practice's own mission to support and uplift the local community. 

“Having frequented a few parks with our four children over the years and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, we felt it was a perfect time to give something back to a community we’ve enjoyed being a part of for 12 months now.

“The tireless efforts of all Friends of Parks can sometimes go unvoiced but they are instrumental in preserving the beauty and tranquillity of these spaces for everyone to relish and thrive. 

“We hope our anniversary donation can go towards something that will benefit the team of volunteers to continue to build a healthier, safer and more vibrant environment for all residents for many more years to come.”

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