GOSH Christmas Pioneer Appeal

GOSH Christmas Pioneer Appeal

By supporting GOSH Charity this Christmas, you can help make a difference to the lives of the amazing children, families, and staff at the hospital.

For the children whose treatment needs to continue over the festive season, the staff at GOSH do their best to make it as magical as possible. Just £25 today could make a huge difference to seriously ill children, including Caleb, who spent his second ever Christmas in surgery, before having a heart transplant on New Year’s Eve.

Caleb's Story

Caleb was just a day old when doctors discovered he had a heart murmur, low oxygen and three holes in his heart. Then, at around nine weeks old, he had a cardiac arrest. Just two days before his first birthday, Caleb became very poorly and it became clear that he would need a heart transplant.

He was put on a Berlin Heart, which is a mechanical device used to support children in severe heart failure, either until recovery or until a heart transplant is possible. Unfortunately, on Christmas morning, Caleb had to go into surgery again. Although it was a very stressful time for his family, they were able to spend Christmas with him at GOSH. On New Year’s Eve, the family got the news they had been waiting for: a donor heart was available. Caleb went into surgery that night.

After a successful surgery, Caleb recovered in intensive care for a few weeks before returning to Bear Ward. He was discharged at the end of January 2022. You can read more about Caleb's story here.

"The idea of spending Christmas in hospital was daunting, but it was actually a really lovely day. All the staff were so kind."

Caleb's mum, Jenna

As part of our Christmas appeal, we’d love if you could help us spread festive cheer to the children, families and staff at GOSH when you make your donation. Simply use the box at the top of the page to send a special Christmas stocking message. These messages will be displayed throughout the hospital and will help make it feel like a home from home over the festive period.

How your support can help children like Caleb this Christmas

  • £25
    Could help provide child and family support services to ease the burden on families like Caleb’s this Christmas.
  • £30
    Could help towards new equipment and facilities to help children like Caleb and their families.
  • £50
    Could help towards pioneering research, bringing researchers and patients together to speed up the development of new treatments.

Other ways to give

By phone: 0330 002 1514

By post: GOSH Charity, Bumpers Way, Bumpers Farm, Chippenham, SN14 6NG