OSCAR campaign

The OSCAR campaign (The Ocean and Shipping Community Advancing Children's Health and Research) is an innovative fundraising partnership uniting the international shipping community to raise funds at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH).

OSCAR Dragon Boat Race

The annual OSCAR Dragon Boat Race took place on the last day of the London International Shipping Week, Friday 15 September 2017.

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In the third year of the event, the Scorpio Stingers (Scorpio Group) were finally knocked off the top spot by North P&I. Join us in 2017 for what will surely be another nail-biting year.

Phil Parry said: “It is fantastic to see people across the industry – from ship owners and ship brokers to recruiters, insurers, law firms, P&I clubs and ship registries – come together to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity."

“Through the OSCAR Campaign, the shipping industry has a unique opportunity to save lives and to create a shared legacy. What we’re doing - all of us - is delivering tangible support to help advance pioneering medical treatment for children around the world.”

With thanks to the following teams for taking part in the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race 2016: AM Nomikos & Son (UK) Ltd, AET UK Limited, Baltic Exchange, Campbell Johnston Clark, C Solutions Limited, Gard, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP,  Ince & Co, JLT Specialty Ltd, Liberian Registry, Lloyd’s Register, Lomar Shipping, Nautilus International, Nectar Group, North of England P&I Association, Scorpio UK Ltd, Shipowners, Spinnaker Global Ltd, Talbot Underwriting Ltd, Thomas Miller and Union Maritime Ltd.

Background of the OSCAR campaign

The campaign is the inspiration of Phil Parry, Chairman of Spinnaker Consulting Ltd, whose son Oscar received life-saving care at GOSH. Oscar had leukaemia twice and endured three transplants before being cured by some pioneering research.

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Since its inception in 2011, the OSCAR campaign raised over £1.5 million, helping to refurbish vital facilities at the hospital, and funding pioneering research into childhood cancers and immune diseases at GOSH and the ICH.