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Meet our volunteers: celebrating International Volunteers Day

On 5 December, charities and NGOs around the world mark International Volunteers Day, a day of recognition for the volunteers behind good causes everywhere. To celebrate, we met four Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) volunteers to talk about their work – and the wonders of life at GOSH!

Christmas on an intensive care unit

Barbara is the Matron on Flamingo Ward, the home of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s (GOSH) Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). The unit provides care for children under the age of 16 who need intensive care for conditions involving the heart, lungs or airways. Barbara talks about her experiences during the festive season at GOSH.

Does anyone know how to get to England?

Twelve-year-old Ezara-Mai comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for treatment for juvenile dermatomyositis, a rare condition that affects her muscles and skin. She is also an ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, helping to increase awareness of GOSH and the charity and fundraising to help other patients like her.

Together at Christmas – Isobel’s story

Twelve-year-old Isobel was born with Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects her brain, eyes, hearing and breathing. Isobel spent her very first Christmas at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), while her brothers and sister stayed close by in charity-provided accommodation. This year, they’ll all be spending Christmas together at home.

Why the giraffe has a long neck

Twelve-year-old Ezara-Mai comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for treatment for juvenile dermatomyositis, a rare condition that affects her muscles and skin. She is also an ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, helping to increase awareness of GOSH and the charity and fundraising to help other patients like her.

Great Ormond Street Hospital's Christmas traditions

Dorothy is the Deputy Team Leader in Great Ormond Street Hospital’s (GOSH) multi-faith Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care team. For patients, families and staff, Christmas in hospital can be a stressful and upsetting time. The team’s objective is to provide support to everyone at GOSH, regardless of their faith or religious beliefs, every day of the week and around the clock.