Donating toys and games

The best gift you can give Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is a donation. This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential.

We raise money to enable Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to provide world-class care for its young patients and their families by:

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If you do decide to donate presents, however, please bring them along to the charity (address at the bottom of the page). Donations of toys and games will be passed to the hospital Play team, Activity Centre or school. Items that cannot be used by our patients may be used for fundraising or passed to another children's hospital.

What our kids love

  • board games e.g. Connect 4 and Frustration
  • computer games (PS4, Nintendo Wii, XboxOne, DS games and controllers)
  • arts and crafts (for example paints and Playdough)
  • construction kits like Lego 
  • jewellery making kits and nail art
  • portable DVD and CD players
  • Headphones, in and over the ear are great!
  • Stocking fillers like fidget spinners and slinky’s

What our babies love

Stimulating new toys including:

  • mobiles and musical mobiles
  • jigsaws and peg puzzles
  • kaleidoscopes
  • toys to stimulate the senses
  • developmental toys e.g. stacking cups and blocks
  • musical toys

What we can't use

  • used toys
  • knitted clothes 
  • over-sized soft toys
  • large mechanical or motorised toys
  • used clothing or shoes
  • second-hand books
  • used magazines


  • Don't forget the age group you're donating to is 0-18 years (teenagers are often forgotten).
  • Kids love anything to do with Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh, Walt Disney, Moshi Monsters and In the Night Garden.
  • If you donate chocolate, make sure the ingredients are on the packet as we have to be careful with allergies.
  • Please do not wrap the gifts. This will enable us to match your gift to an appropriate patient.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to pay for the cost of collecting your gifts or delivering them to the hospital. 

Where to send your gifts

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity
40 Bernard Street