Leave a gift in your Will

Gifts in Wills, large or small, are a wonderful way to support a cause you care about and to make a lasting difference. As well as leaving assets and possessions to loved ones, some people choose to leave a legacy donation to help the seriously ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). 

By leaving a gift to GOSH you help us to fund pioneering research, advanced medical equipment, child and family support services, and the rebuilding and refurbishment of wards and facilities. Today’s legacies will help the children who will need us in the future. 

GOSH has always depended on charitable support ever since the first generous legacy gift in 1855 and everyday it is people like you who make a difference. We are truly grateful to all those who consider leaving a gift to the sick children at GOSH in their Will.

Emma’s story 

“It makes me feel immensely proud to see first-hand where my dad’s money – his legacy – is going. These children are poorly but they’re not unhappy. They’re all smiles. It makes me feel really nice to know that the legacy he left behind is helping those smiles."

 

How legacies help to create a better future

At GOSH, gifts in Wills have played a vital role since the hospital first opened in 1852. In 1855, just three years after it opened, the hospital received a legacy from Miss Thompson of Brighton. Her legacy of £400 was literally a life-saver for the struggling hospital and its patients. 

Ever since then, supporters’ gifts, both large and small, have continued to help the seriously ill children at GOSH. Thanks to the amazing people who have left gifts in their Wills to the Charity, the hospital has been able to do incredible things. 

We have run more gene therapy trials for children born with weak or absent immune systems than any other centre in the world. This has given children like Nina (pictured age three) the chance of a normal life. Without this treatment, she would never have survived and gone on to lead a happy, healthy life.

GOSH has become the first hospital in Europe to offer home dialysis for children with kidney conditions. 11-year-old Livia and her mum Annamarie (pictured below) were trained to use the home haemodialysis (HHD) equipment in just five weeks. “Home haemodialysis has given us normality,” says Annamarie. “Livia has more energy and is growing again. She has learned to cycle and to swim, she walks to school with her friends and she plays netball. Our hopes are limitless now.”

We undertake critical research into childhood arthritis and new therapies for children with cancer. Joe (below) was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis when he was six years old. At the time, he was so ill he couldn't get out of bed. Now Joe's life has been transformed by a clinical trial at GOSH.

Making your mark

Every day brings new challenges at GOSH. Every day, doctors battle the most complex illnesses and the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs.

This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support, and every day is a chance for you to make a difference:

Rebuilding and refurbishment 
Without you, we can’t help fund the wards and medical facilities designed around children and young people, letting the hospital treat more patients in the best possible surroundings. 

Groundbreaking research
Without you, we can’t help fund pioneering research, from revolutionary gene therapy to tailor-made organs for transplant, to find treatments for the most complex childhood illnesses. Find out about GOSH’s breakthroughs in children’s medicine.

Advanced medical equipment
Without you, we can’t fund state-of-the-art medical equipment for treating the toughest and rarest conditions. 

Child and family support services
Without you, we can’t help fund services that can ease the burden on families, raise spirits, and support children and young people through their treatment.

Today’s legacies will help give the children and young people at GOSH the best chance to fulfil their potential. 

A better future for seriously ill children starts here. 

Find out more about where your money goes.

JM Barrie’s Legacy to Great Ormond Street Hospital 

JM Barrie famously gave all the rights to Peter Pan to the hospital in 1929. Since then the hospital has continued to receive royalties from theatrical performances and publications. Find out more about JM Barrie's legacy and his generous gift to the hospital.