Archie's Story

Little Archie Barton lost both legs to Meningitis - Please help to improve his Life


Fundraising Events & Activities

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Sponsorship Form

If you are planning any type of event to raise funds for Archie, you can download and print a Sponsorhip Form here.

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Official T-shirt Promotion

Official T-Shirts

Support Archie's Story with an official personalised T-shirt with corporate logo, club name, etc. Contact Print Promotions Ltd. tel: 01752 500077


DVD for Fundraisers

Nicky has had a Video made of Archie for the ball and future fund raisers.| See it here. |

Past Events

Future Events

Benidorm or Bust!
March 15, 16, 17 2012

The SKINTSTONES are driving 1200 miles from DOVER to BENIDORM

The only team from the South West is raising money for Archie!

Graham Simpson and Ricky Welsh, in two cars, are travelling in fancy dress as the Skintstones (Flintstones) from the Saracens Head pub, Fairfield Terrace, Newton Abbot.

All cars travelling are pre 2000 just to make it more interesting. The Skintstones have been sponsored for the journey by Exeter Road Garage, Milber, Newton Abbot, with a 1993 Rover Metro.

Archies Ball 2013
Saturday February 23

Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth

A charity ball is being held at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth, Devon, UK, on Saturday 23rd February 2013 in aid of 'Archie's Story'. To help raise funds for little Archie Barton's prosthetic legs and awareness of Meningitis B.

Find out more here  


Newton Abbot Fundraiser
Saturday 25 February 2012

Highweek Fundraiser - click to enlargeThe Highweek Village Inn, Newton Abbot, are holding a fundraising event for Archie Events include Tarot readings, 'Build a Bear' and Hand Made Jewellery and crafts.

Click poster to view or here for printable version.


Get there by Sea!
Sunday 4 September 2011

Plymstock Mens Club have organised a Fun-Raising event for Archie. Get there by sea will be held on the 4th September. Starts from Mount Batten water centre to Laira bridge and back. Canoes, kayaks etc. All entries must raise £20 sponsorship.

Afterwards there will be a bbq held at the Hotel Mount Batten. Race starts at 10.15 am. If you are interested or want more details please contact Barry Smaldon on 07786616575. Thank you for your support.


2011 Charity Summer Ball
Friday August 5
Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club

See the documentation from the Ball

Welcome pack:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4

Cover, Pages 2/3, Pages 4/5, Pages 6/7

Summer Ball - click for details
Click poster for pdf file

Black Jack Davey Irish Cabaret
Three course meal with wine
Tickets £40 from Nicky on 01752 365890

See article from Plymouth Independent


Royal Albert Bridge Raft Race
Sunday June 26 at 1pm

Click for Raft Race Poster Supporting the British Heart Foundation and Archie's Story

Be on the Slipway Outside the Rabi By 12 noon with your Floating Masterpieces

Race starts at 1300 hrs. Trophy for the weirdest and wackiest.

Many Raffle Prizes.

Come along to support two very worthwhile causes

See Herald Report


Plymouth Half Marathon
29 May 2011

If you would like a challenge and to raise funds for Archie and much needed awareness of Meningitis, why not sign up for the Half Marathon. It takes place on the 29th May. Hurry as places are running out.

The following people have already signed up........ Mummy Barton, Georgina Barton, Jake Barton, Taylor Friend, Michael Pullinger, Jodie Pullinger, Will, Collette Sharpe, Steven Gosling, Christine Gosling and Andy England.

COME ON, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!


Plymouth Argyle Legends
27 March 2011

Elburton Villa FC vs Argyle LegendsCome and see your favourite Argyle legends at Elburton Villa!

2pm Sunday 27 March at Haye Road, Elburton.

In aid of Archie's Story

Click poster for larger version.


Coffee Morning September 6
Pub Quiz September 9

Claire has been working with Archie at his Nursery for the last few months. Archie has done nothing but capture her heart and make her laugh.

Claire and HelenClaire and her friend Helen will be climbing the three highest peaks in the UK; Mount Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis to raise money for him. To complete this in three days is a huge challenge and will not be possible without the support of a team of professionals who have kindly agreed to dedicate their time and knowledge.

To help raise money for our climb we will be holding a Coffee Morning in Newton Ferrers on the 6th September at the Tea Room On The Green from 9-12, followed by a pub quiz at the Swan Inn in Noss Mayo on the 9 th September from 8pm. So let’s hope for some of this late September sun whilst we get our hiking boots on and start climbing!!

For any further information on the Coffee Morning or Quiz please call Claire on 07791629812!! Thank you x


Charity Summer Ball Friday August 6
Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club

Copies of the printed material from the Ball (pdf files):

Entertainment for the ball is now confirmed: JOKER.

"Easily the most successful and biggest crowd pull on the Plymouth circuit" - Plymouth Diary

This year's Summer Ball is going to be held on Friday August 6th at the Marquee venue at Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club. The evening comprises of a 3 course dinner with wine, entertainment and dancing. We are currently organising live entertainment, which will include a comedian, there will be the usual auction of fabulous donated gifts from generous Plymouth and Cornwall based companies and individuals. Tickets for this annual event are £40 per person and tables are now available to book. If you would like to share this information with your staff/colleagues and book a table for what is always a wonderful and memorable summer evening, please contact Nicky Barton on 01752 365890 or email her at
If you are able to donate a gift for either the raffle or auction for this event it would be most gratefully welcomed. Please do not hesitate to contact Nicky if you have any queries. Many thanks for your time and hopefully we will be welcoming you at the Summer Ball this coming August 6th.


Plymouth Half Marathon 2010

Half Marathon 2010Took place on Sunday May 30.

See more photos

Runners supporting Archie
Mummy Barton, Rebecca Buttsworth (Auntie flying in from Australia), Phill Rowe, Priscilla Rowe, Mark Nation, Katrina Willsher, Georgina Barton, Amanda Bean, Michael Pulinger, Jodie Pullinger, Jay Foster (running on his 50th Birthday!!!!!) Adam Rowse, Jacqueline Rose Journeaux, Louise Woodhead, Daddy Barton and Jake Barton, Steven Gosling, Christine Gosling and Ray Hemley, Hayley Turpin, Chris Smith, Jamie Shewbrook, Taff Lewis and Colette Kerton, Shane Ware and Will, Robbie Priddle, Joanna Sinclair and Judith Sinclair.



Wotter Music Festival - June 6
This event has been replaced by:

Fallstock Concert

Gig all Night - November 6

organised by Simon Gilley. Will be held at Plymouth Guildhall on the 6th November. Six bands playing: The Crossing, Avalon Groove, Professional Eccentrics, Two Tonics, The Rising, Joker.

The concert will be opened by the winners of Face of Plymouth, Hayley and Paul. See

There is a bar. 500 places, 236 seats and 246 standing. Tickets will on sale from September to November 5 at £10.00. Admission restricted to over 16s.

Doors open 7pm
The gig will start at 7.30pm
No admittance after 7.30pm!

Buy tickets online at or contact or 07743 188015


Bushido Challenge 1 The Awakening - October 11

Mixed Martial Arts show within a cage in Oceana Nightclub Plymouth on 11th October 2009, doors open at 5pm.

First fight will be around 6pm. Holding a charity auction half way through the evening for Archie's story  and we have a display of dancers doing some routines throughout the night called Urban X.


Archie's Summer Ball - August 14
6.30pm to 1am

Black tie. Three course meal with wine. Entertainment by the energetic Richard James. Guest speakers are Tony and Jodie Cross and Clem Spencer (to be confirmed). Auction and raffle. Disco until Tickets are £40 each. It will be a fun evening but most importantly raising much needed awareness of meningitis and funds for Archie's future. Please call Nicky on 01752-240350.

Plus a fantastic Auction

See the 4 page Welcome Pack with news and photos about Archie, information about meningitis, and a list of fundraisers.


Music at the Fortescue - June 20

There will be a fundraising music night in aid of Archie's fund from 7.30 pm till midnight on Saturday June 20 in the Cellar Bar at the Fortescue, Mutley Plain. Troy will be playing acoustic guitar and The Preserves playing popular covers. There will be a raffle.

Tickets are only £5 and are going fast! Contact the organisers Venus Training and Consultancy to purchase tickets: mail or phone 0845 20 12300


Summer Stroll - June 20

Join Meningitis UK and Paul Hobbs on this great day out for all the family. A 14 mile walk from Bath to Bristol, with a pub lunch along the way. For more information go to Archie's Uncle Steve, Auntie Christine, Grandad and Ellie are supporting this walk.



An Evening of Classical Music - June 13

All welcome!

Saturday 13 June at 7.30 pm at Stoke Damerel Church, Paradise Road, Plymouth PL1 5QL

Concert of Light and Classical Music
with Terry Hewitt - organ, Clive Jenkins - piano, Douglas Clarkson - clarinet and the Plymouth Mayflower Chorus - a close harmony Ladies Choir
Tickets £7.50 including refreshments - Call Marilyn, 01752 564847 or on door!

in support of Archie's Story and Stoke Damerel Church!


Charity Cycle Ride - June 12

Gary Jones at Langage Farm is arranging a charity ride to Wales in the hope of raising funds for Archie. We will be setting of from Langage farm at 0500 on the 12th June 2009 and hopefully be in Swansea by night fall.

Participants are. Me, Kev Hall, David O’Connor (RM), Dave Carville (I think you know) and Craig Williams (bungy). I am trying to get our PR man Fitz involved he works for the BBC and has an interest in meningitis, so hopefully we can help raise Archie’s profile and that of Meningitis.

I will keep you informed of any changes in the situation and hopefully we can present you with a cheque some time in June.

Gary Jones
Engineering Manager, Langage farm


Plymouth Half Marathon - 24 May

Can you believe how quickly this has come round? Yes it's training time again !!!!!!

The Plymouth Half Marathon is on the 24th May. If you would like to support Archie, please enlist quickly as spaces are selling fast.

You can download a sponsor form here and nearer the time we will supply t-shirts to run in. The t-shirts are to raise much needed awareness of Meningitis and Archie's website. Thank you for your support.

When you enlist, please put Archie's Story for the team name.

Already Signed Up:

Daddy Barton, Mummy Barton, Jake Barton, Georgina Barton, Belinda England, Andy England, Amanda Bean, Ellie Bean, Phil Rowe, Steven Gosling, Christine Gosling, Michael Pullinger, Jodie Pullinger, Will, Collette and Liam plus 8 colleagues, Robbie Priddle, Ray Hemley.

Last Year's Supporters

Brother JakeBrother JakeSister GeorginaAuntie Mandy
Mum Nicky and sister GeorginaFundraising Group



New Year's Day Dip

On New year's Day, January 1 2009, six or so Liskeard Lions are braving the sea at Kingsand / Cawsand for a dip in aid of Archie's Fund.

Anyone interested in supporting this should contact Peter Andew


Santa Fun Run

Santa Fun Run
Paul and Sharon Bennett did the Santa Fun Run in December and raised £100 with a sweepstake to guess their time: 4k in 30mins 11 sec.
Santa Fun Run Santa Fun Run click an image to enlarge

Red Vegas - November 14

Red Vegas Charity GigA charity gig will take place at 9pm on Friday November 14 at the Duke of Cornwall, Ivybridge. Red Vegas have organised thie event to support Archie's fund.

See or print a full size poster


November 8 & November 26
Fundraising Events

Hi Nicky
Thanks for getting Archie's stuff to me so quickly.  The day is being held on Saturday 8th Nov, we have live music from Off The Record and Friends.  Also a raffle, prizes donated from a variety of companies / restaurants / golf clubs etc. 
This fundraiser will be followed by a fundraising quiz on Wednesday 26th Nov, prizes to be confirmed.  I hope this is ok, it is really Pete's idea and it is him who has put everything together.
All of this will be followed by a team of 10 running the Marlow 5K Santa Run, we will all dress up as Santa and run through Marlow - I have even managed to get Mum and Dad to do it!  Archie must be special to get them both out training on these dark evenings!
Hope you are all recovering from your colds
Love to you all
Katie and Pete   


Archie's Uncle and Auntie raise awareness and funds for Meningitis UK

News ArticleFrom October 2 to 26 Steve and Christine Gosling, Archie's Uncle and Auntie, walked 19 miles to raise money for Meningitis UK as part of their Big 4 Walk. The photos show Steve Dayman, Chief Executive of Meningitis UK, with Chris and Steve.

See e-mail from Meningitis UK


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Steve, Chris and Steve DaymanChris and Steve


In Place of Morval Rally - Sunday October 12

Sorry we had to cancel the Morval Rally due to bad weather, but on Sunday we are holding a tractor run at Morval in aid of Archie and just wanted to let you know about it.

We leave the rally field about 10-15am and do 12 miles before lunch and 12 miles after lunch, with every tractor sponsored.

If anyone else is interested in helping Archie please ring Barbara, Rally Secretary, on 01503 240520.


"Modeathon" September 7

Barclays have also organised an "18 Branch Modeathon" sponsoring trips by various unusual modes of transport on 18 different routes. See poster. Details tba.


Pig Race Night - September 2

Barclays Bank have organised a "Pig race Night" at Parkway Social Club, Ernesettle, at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 2 September (see poster). Tickets £2.50 from Ness Philp, 07775551169.



Kayaking around Cornwall

Tom Varcoe and ArchieTom Varcoe is planning a sponsored 250 mile kayak paddle around the coast of Cornwall, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and other causes including Archie's Story.

See the Tom Varcoe Just Giving page


August 30

24 Hour Pool & Darts Competition Poster24 hour pool and darts competition at the Seymour Arms, North Street, Plymouth . See Poster


Looe and Liskeard Hash House Harriers - August 11

Fun Run For Archie at Polyphant nr Launceston on 11 August - 7 pm start. 6 mile cross-country. Meet at Methodist Chapel car park.



London Triathlon - August 9

Ben GilbertBen Gilbert and friend are taking part in the London Triathlon on August 9 to raise money for Meningitis UK. See his Just Giving web page


Archie's Summer Ball - August 8

At Plymouth Albion Rugby Club - Three course meal with wine. Live entertaiment. Disco. A massive auction and raffle. I will post the list of donators as soon as it is complete. I am so sorry but all tickets sold out on the second day. We will be holding many more in the near future.

Download here the Summer Ball leaflet
Beware: 6.3MB pdf file may take some time!

Download here the Summer Ball Itinerary
1.65MB pdf file


Sky Dive - July 20

Ann Northcott is doing a sky dive on the 20th July at Perranporth airport. If you would like to support Ann in this very brave jump please contact her on 07503379730. All sponsors would be very gratefully received.


24 Hour Golf Event - June 23

Andy Prowse, Les Oman, Darren Lawton & Mark Bowden (Mdp Devonport Marine Unit) are attempting the Ultimate Golf Challenge in aid of Archie's fund.

Starting at 0830hrs on Monday June 23 we will be attempting to play 4 full rounds at Wrangaton Golf Club within 24 hours. This means we have to play 3 full rounds on day 1 0830 to 2130+ then start again before 5.00am to finish the challenge by 0830.

Wrangaton is the toughest walking course in the area and this is why we wished to play it for the appeal. Most people when they attempt this challenge choose an easy flat course but we wanted the toughest challenge hoping people would dig deep.


Trivia Night in Australia - June 21

Trivia Night in AustraliaMy Sister's friends in Sydney have organised this Trivia Night on Saturday June 21 in aid of Archie.

Garden Open - June 7

Garden OpenAward-winning garden open in aid of Archie - 2-4pm at 125 Sunrising Estate, Looe. See details


Coffee Morning - June 7

Archie's Coffee Morning,Community Centre Stoke Blockhouse, Saturday 7th June, 10am-2pm.
Tea,coffee and cold drinks. Baby's toys, clothes and equipment, books, LP, furniture, bric a brac and lots more. Entry 50p (includes free raffle).


Archie's Quiz Night - May 27

Kings Arms (Oreston) 27th May. Starts at 7pm. Raffle and fun. All welcome.


Half Marathon - May 25

Half Marathon RunnersLee, Liz, Debbie, Kay, Helen, Neil Spencer, Nicky Barton, Georgina Barton, Cath Barker, Amanda Bean, Grandad, Ellie, Beth Pyner, Simon Hayward, Katherine Gillen and friend, Steve Gosling, Christine Gosling, Roxana Gosling, Jake Barton, Mike Pullinger (junior), Mike Pulinger (senior), Phil Rowe, Tara Wollis and Amie Autom are going to run the Plymouth Half Marathon on May 25 (Bank Holiday) at 10am.


Liskeard Lions Club May 18 - update

Dear Nicky,

Below please find our advertising leaflet for the Bake Lake run on the 18th May 2008. Liskeard Lions are doing a full publicity campaign, and you will note now that all profits will be donated to Archie's fund. Lliskeard Lions would be very very pleased if you and your friends and family could publisise this event and get as many people as possible to take part and support your dear son's fund. See the Press Report - page 1; page 2


Liskeard Lions Club - May 18

Dear Ken and Elli,

Bake Lake runnersI am delighted to confirm that Liskeard Lions Club will be sending a cheque for £500 for Archie's fund.

In addition to this the Lions are holding a fun run of 6 miles at Bake Farm on May 18th [this is near Trerulefoot]. There is an entry fee of £3 and £1.50 for children, and we are hoping a lot of the Hash will partake, including you and you friends and family. Archie's fund will be advertised and approx 50% of the profits will go to Archie's fund.

Plus the Torpoint Lions do a sponsored dip at Cawsand on Jan 1st next year and about 8 of us are going to do it totally in aid of your dear grandson's fund [I hope my important little parts survive the cold water].

I hope you are happy with the efforts, see you in mid March

Kind regards Dockleaf


London Marathon

Sarah & Katie at the London Marathon"Just thought you might like to see the photos of two very tired but proud young ladies!!!!
From their even more proud parents!!!!
Paul and Sharon xxx"

Katie and Sarah are the children of Paul and Sharon (Murray Barton's relatives). They ran the London Marathon in aid of Archie's fund and the Meningitis Trust.


London Floral Marathon

Plymouth based marines Corporal Steve Harvey and Lance Corporal Steve Hutton ran the floral London Marathon. See details


Interhash 2008

Interhash 2008Looe & Liskeard Hash House Harriers are supporting Archie, with his website address on their T-shirts, which they will be wearing at the bi-annual worldwide meeting Interhash 2008 being held in Perth, Western Australia at Easter 2008.

Further details are available from

Fishing Competition

Fishing Competition PosterShore & Boat Fishing Competition in aid of Archie's Story

6 am Saturday 3rd May 2008 to Midday Monday 5th May.

Contact Clive's Tackle & Bait or Andy Copley of Sea View Angling


Meningitis Awareness Week

March 31 to April 5 is Meningitis Awareness Week for Archie.
Businesses involved so far are:

  • Stoke Post Office
  • Gala Bingo
  • Wilkes Butchers (Milehouse)
  • Café India (Stoke)
  • Stoke Social Club
  • Drake Circus Shopping Centre (April 4)
  • ..ending with a bang at Home Park, Plymouth Argyle (April 5)

If any business wishes to have collection tins, cards, posters, etc. please e-mail Nicky at - or donations gratefully received via this website






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