Each year over 90,000 children from all over the UK are treated at Great Ormond Street - some of the treatments and much of the research at the hospital is pioneering. The support they receive from fundraising events in aid of the hospital provides new and replacement specialist medical equipment, research into childhood illness, support services for parents and families, and also contributes to the current redevelopment of the older hospital buidings that will enable Great Ormond Street to provide an anticipated 17% increase in demand for its services by 2009.
Their current and biggest challenge is the redevelopment of two thirds of the hospital so that they can treat more children than ever before in state-of-the-art medical facilities. They have already started to replace cramped and uncomfortable 1930's wards with brand new units, providing many of their young patients with a more comfortable environment with room for their mum or dad to stay. This wouldn't have been possible without the help of their supporters. I'm proud to say that through the Grandma Becky concerts, we have been able to donate over £4,000.
For further information about Great Ormond Street or suggestions regarding how to help with fundraising, please visit www.gosh.org