Royal Bank of Canada's 'Oh My GOSH' day

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) patients Elliott, Niamh, Amelia and Tarun were special guests at Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) ‘Oh My GOSH’ event on Thursday 21 September to raise awareness of this year’s RBC Race for the Kids 5k fun run.

Alongside mascots Bernard Bear and Leo the Lion, the patients spent the day sharing their experiences of GOSH and how the hospital made such a difference in their lives. They were joined by GOSH CEO Peter Steer, GOSH Children's Charity CEO Tim Johnson, hospital consultants Sophia Varadkar and Ronit Pressler, and Play Team Leader Jenny Dyer. 

Elliott's story

Elliott, who received a heart transplant after waiting 400 days on a Berlin Heart (a mechanical heart) for a donor, will be taking part in RBC Race for the Kids with his parents Candace and Adrian. "We know how much GOSH has done for us," says Candace. "We can never say thank you enough, but every opportunity we have to show our gratitude we want to take.

“We’re very excited about doing RBC Race for Kids as it's the first year we've been able to do it as a family. Last year, we felt it was still too close to Elliott's transplant, so it will make it even more special for him.”

RBC are the title sponsors of RBC Race for the Kids, which takes place on Saturday 7 October in Hyde Park. Each year, RBC recruit a team of employees, friends and family to take part and raise money for the neurosciences centre within the hospital. Now in their eighth year of support, RBC's fundraising efforts have enabled the construction of the Royal Bank of Canada Neurosciences Unit, which will open later in 2017. 

To sign up to this year’s RBC Race for the Kids, visit gosh.org/raceforthekids.

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