Featured fundraisers

We're so grateful to our supporters for everything they do for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and we would love to share some of their inspiring stories with you.

Remembering the perfect little boy

Stephen tells us how his family are keeping his son's memory alive through The Tyler Stephen Reader Brighter Future Fund.

GOSH patient playing in a box
“Tyler was born on 7 January 2013, arriving with quite the entrance – feet first! He always made an instant impression, and if you walked into a room, you couldn't fail to notice him. With his beautiful big, blue eyes, his infectious smile, or simply because he was the one running around making the most noise, you knew he was there.

“Tyler asked questions constantly, soaking up information like a sponge. He always managed to surprise us with his level of knowledge, particularly when it came to dinosaurs and animals. He knew his pterodactyl from his pteranodon, his stingray from his manta ray, and his seal from his sea lion. Of course, we thought Tyler was the perfect little boy.”

Admitted to hospital

“In November 2015, Tyler was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of group A streptococcus, which caused septicaemia.

“From the moment we arrived, Tyler had the undivided attention of an amazing team of people. I could tell that there were some very special people looking after him, not just from their ability as medical practitioners, but also in the way they cared for him. They were incredible, trying absolutely everything to save Tyler. Sadly, his little body couldn't keep battling – it gave up after his sixth cardiac arrest, just as the team were preparing him for a heart and lung bypass."

Creating a Brighter Future Fund

“Having seen first-hand the remarkable work at GOSH, we decided to set up The Tyler Stephen Reader Brighter Future Fund as a way to remember him while raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Tyler was too special to leave this world without making a mark and we feel that his Brighter Future Fund is a fitting legacy to his memory.

“Since Tyler died in November, we've raised around £7,500 after family friends set up Tyler’s first JustGiving page. The response it has received has been astonishing. We have received donations from people who had never even met Tyler but who were touched by his story, and companies have donated their annual charity donation to his fund. There are some truly kind people out there who we are very grateful to.” 

Looking ahead

“We’ve got so many plans for the year ahead. The process of planning these events has given us a sense of purpose and something to focus on at such a difficult time. It helps us to honour Tyler's memory and remember the happiness he brought to us.

“Our local pub is hosting a Family Fun Day with us in March and various people are taking on runs, from 5k's to half marathons, and even a Tough Mudder! We’re also hosting our first Tyler Reader Fundraising Dinner this November.

“We can’t thank GOSH enough for what they did for Tyler and our family. His Brighter Future Fund feels like such a fitting tribute to him and something for us to really hold on to.”