Patient Lydia with Play Worker Lucy

Since January 2015, Butlin’s has been tirelessly fundraising to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. So far, their incredible support has raised enough to fund two brand new defibrillators and one of the hospital’s amazing play workers.

Hayden, Hospital Porter at GOSH

Hayden came to work at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in February 2015 after working in the construction industry. Spotting the hospital porter vacancy, he felt it was the ideal opportunity.

Sir Quentin Blake prints for Elliott's Room

Elliott Joseph Walker was three days old in July 2013 when he stopped breathing at home. He was rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where it was discovered that he had a rare metabolic disorder called OTC deficiency. It became clear that this condition was too severe for Elliott’s body, and after a week at GOSH he very sadly passed away. The day after his death, his family set up a Brighter Future Fund, and have raised over £40,000 in his memory. Elliott’s family desperately wanted the money to be used to set up an end of life care room within the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Uniut (NICU). Jenny, Elliott’s mum tells us more about their story and how Elliott led them to Sir Quentin Blake.

Cody, Luisa and Steve

Over three Tuesdays in July, BBC Two’s Great Ormond Street followed doctors and families at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) as they navigated life-changing decisions in treating the country’s most poorly children. Three episodes followed patients with rare diseases, respiratory and neurological conditions.

Here, we round up a few of our favourite moments…

Paul with Olive's big brother Arnold at RideLondon

Paul and Clare’s daughter Olive was born with a complex heart condition and underwent two open-heart surgeries at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) soon after being born. Very sadly, Olive’s condition proved too complex and she passed away at just six weeks old. Paul and Clare wanted to do something positive to remember Olive and […]

Lottie, Gemma and Ashley

Lottie, aged 10, and her brother Ashley, aged 9, both have X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH) rickets, a condition which prevents normal levels of phosphate being maintained in the blood and can cause pain, bending of the bones and poor growth. Both Lottie and Ashley began coming to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in 2014 to see Dr William Van’t Hoff and were keen to hear about a new clinical trial for children with XLH. Here Lottie, Ashley and their mum Gemma tell their story of coming to GOSH and taking part in a clinical trial.

Samantha and Keith climbing Mont Blanc

What’s the biggest fundraising challenge you think you could handle? 14-year-old Samantha decided she wanted to take on something a little bigger than a bake sale and, earlier this month, climbed several challenging alpine roots in Chamonix with her dad Keith – all to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Here, we meet Samantha and she explains why she chose such a mountain of challenge…

1. Jim Field, Bear With Me book

Starting life as a travelling sketch book, Bear With Me tells the story of Lawrence the bear. Renowned illustrators (and a few famous faces!) up and down the country contributed drawings of Lawrence to the project. Now complete, the team behind the project is auctioning off the book and ‘star doodles’ to raise vital funds to support Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Here, Jason, one of the creators of the project, tells us more and introduces us to a few contributors…

James and his sisters ahead of the British Transplant Games

This weekend, the 37th British Transplant Games is taking place in Newcastle. Teams representing hospitals from all over the country will be taking part in events including track and field, swimming, archery and golf. Two teams from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) have made the trip north, GOSH Heart and Lung and GOSH Renal. Five-year-old James, who underwent a kidney transplant at GOSH, is on the GOSH Renal team. Here, mum Louise shares their story…


The Interventional Radiology (IR) service at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) performs around 3,600 minimally invasive, image-guided procedures a year to help with the diagnosis and treatment of a huge range of conditions affecting nearly every organ system. In this week’s episode of ‘Great Ormond Street’ we watched the team, including consultant neurointerventional radiologist Dr Adam Rennie, perform procedures for patients Cody and Ella-May. Here we go behind the scenes and meet a few members of the team who work with Dr Rennie…

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