Patient Sophie meets Mr Kristian Aquilina

Last year, six-year-old Sophie underwent a five hour operation to remove a brain tumour at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Just three weeks after her operation she was back at school and now she’s guest editor of Lifeline Winter 2015, our magazine for GOSH supporters. Here, she interviews the surgeon who removed her brain tumour, Mr Kristian Aquilina, about his role at GOSH.

Lennie, Ed, Kath, Henry and Zoe at the Royal Parks Half

Lennie, age four, lost his sight after being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer. Lennie underwent 14 rounds of life-saving chemotherapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where he was treated on Elephant Ward. Lennie’s dad, Ed, and uncle Henry recently ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon blindfolded raising £1,915 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Here, dad Ed and mum Kath share more of Lennie’s story and Ed explains why he took on his blindfolded challenge.

The Mear family

Inspired by their daughter Ava’s treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), the Mear family have been fundraising together with their friends and family since 2014. Dad Clive tells us more about their TeamGOSH fundraising and Ava’s incredible story.

GOSH patient Amelia

Four year old Amelia was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at her 20 week antenatal scan. After moving back to England from Australia, Amelia was referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where she underwent surgery to repair her heart defects. Mum Catherine shares more of Amelia’s GOSH story with us, and explains why she felt compelled to sign up to the London Santa Dash to raise vital funds to support the hospital.

Rafe and his friends at their bake sale

11-year-old Rafe was diagnosed with a malignant high grade brain tumour when he was four years old. After two neurosurgical operations and 33 sessions of radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) the tumour was successfully removed. This October, Rafe and his family held a Bake it Better bake sale to raise some vital dough for GOSH. Here’s how he got on.

1-year-old GOSH patient Layla has become the first person in the world to receive gene-edited immune cells to treat ‘incurable’ leukaemia. The treatment uses ‘molecular scissors’ to edit genes and create designer immune cells programmed to hunt out and kill drug resistant leukaemia.

Bobby before his fundraising walk across India

On 25 October, Bobby Grewal, 80, set off on a mammoth challenge. Bobby will be walking the length of India, a distance of 2,600 miles, to raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and a number of other good causes.

Premier Inn Durham turned their reception into a spooky wonderland.

From 28 October to 4 November, Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants (Premier Inn, Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table, Taybarns and Whitbread Inns) have been celebrating National Charity Week. Across the country, teams have been going fundraising crazy with tombolas, fancy dress days and sweepstakes to raise vital funds to support Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Our very own Bernard Bear also launched on sale at Premier Inn sites this week. To celebrate, we sent Bernard on an exciting adventure around the UK to find out what team members had planned…

The Ugly Yellow Handbag

All year an ‘ugly’, yellow handbag has been travelling the country and exchanging hands for charity. Auctioned six times for different charities so far, and raising a total of £4,700, the bag is now being auctioned by Zoe to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Here, Zoe tells us more about the bag, its story and how you can get your hands on it…

Kerry, past patient and student nurse outside GOSH

Kerry was diagnosed with NEC (necrotising enterocolitis), a serious condition in which tissues in the intestine become inflamed, soon after birth. Kerry underwent three operations at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and returned for regular check-ups throughout her childhood. Inspired by her time at GOSH, Kerry decided to pursue a career as a nurse and returned to GOSH as a student nurse. Here she shares her story.

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