Harlequins raises an incredible £100,000

We are delighted to announce that Harlequins has successfully reached its target of raising £100,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

The rugby club set this ambitious target in 2014 and the money raised will go towards funding a bedroom in the new respiratory ward, within the hospital’s new Premier Inn Clinical Building, which is due to open in autumn 2017.

Big Game

For the past three years, the partnership has benefitted from the club’s annual festive fixture, the Big Game series. These events not only raised significant funds for the charity but also gave some of the hospital’s young patients a once in a lifetime experience. Each year, Harlequins invited two patients to be mascots and run onto the pitch with their sporting heroes.

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) patient Paddy, who was a mascot for Big Game 9, said the experience was "one of the most exciting days of my life!"

The latest event, Big Game 9, took place on 27 December 2016, and raised a phenomenal £60,000 towards the partnership target. This money was raised through the sale of limited edition replica match shirts, a silent auction and donations made through ticket sales.

Victoria Hartley, Head of the Harlequins Foundation commented on the partnership:

“Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity has been a key charity partner of Harlequins for many years and we are delighted to have secured this money for such an important cause. We are hugely grateful to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts.”

The impact of Harlequins Support

The single bedroom that Harlequins has funded will be on the new respiratory ward and will make an impact to our patients and families for many years to come. The new ward will consist of 24 beds, for children with respiratory disorders such as cystic fibrosis, respiratory failure, severe asthma and children with long-term ventilation needs. The new bedroom will provide much-needed space for a parent or carer to stay by the child’s bedside overnight.