Frequently asked questions

Find answers to some of the frequently asked questions about regular giving. 

Why do you need my help?

Great Ormond Street Hospital provides inspirational and world class care to hundreds of children every day. We need to raise over £90 million every year to contribute towards much needed redevelopment, vital equipment and life-changing research.

When a child’s illness is so critical they can’t be treated anywhere else, we have some of the best paediatric surgeons and doctors in the world.

When a child’s suffering is too much, we develop kinder treatments – like our pioneering catheter technique which replaces open heart surgery.

When there is no cure we try to find new ones, like our breakthrough in the early detection and prevention of acquired heart disease.

But to keep doing these amazing things we really need your help.

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Why do you want a regular gift?

Thank you for considering making a regular donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

A regular gift allows us to plan for the future as we know that we will have a steady income stream that we can rely upon.

By making a regular gift you will make a really big difference for sick children every day. Children like 10 year old James – his heart condition was so critical that without the expert treatment and care at Great Ormond Street Hospital, he wouldn’t have survived. And there are many children like him who need our help.

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How much should I give?

Any amount you are able to give helps our work enormously – even the smallest amount. A gift of just £3 a month – that’s only 10p a day – could make such a vital difference to the hundreds of children and families Great Ormond Street Hospital supports each day. The more that you can give, the more lives we can transform but it is not so much the amount of the gift that is important to us, but the regularity. 

£3 a month could help us provide family accommodation so that mum and dad can stay close to their child when they need them most.

£5 a month could help us fund an intensive care ventilating system to help children who are unable to breathe on their own.

£10 a month could help us fund the cost of a specialist children’s bed on one of our new wards.

With your help we can give hope to the children and continue to make Great Ormond Street Hospital the special place that it is today.

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Where will my money go?

The money so generously donated by our supporters is used to fund our redevelopment programme, research in to childhood diseases, specialist equipment and new patient, family and staff accommodation. For every £1 donated, 74p goes directly to the hospital.


Our ambitious programme to rebuild two thirds of the hospital will give everyone the space they need, making cramped, outdated wards a thing of the past. Our patients, their families and staff deserve nothing less. For more information on the redevelopment click here.

Critical research

Our researchers are leading the way, discovering and developing treatments for complex medical conditions. Funding their pioneering journeys today will make a difference for generations to come. For more information on research click here.


Our patients and staff need state-of-the-art equipment, but specialist tools are expensive, especially those suitable for children and young babies. Please help us save more lives. For more information on equipment click here.

Patient and family support

The powerful presence of siblings and parents helps children recover. With your support we can provide more beds for parents so they can be on hand to give hugs at any time of day or night. For more information on patient and family support click here.

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How else can I regularly donate?

As well as making a regular gift online you can also donate by phone by calling our supporter services team on 020 7239 3131.

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What is Gift Aid and how does it help?

Thanks to the government's Gift Aid scheme, if you are a UK taxpayer, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity can reclaim the tax on all of the donations that you make. This means that your gifts are worth up to 28% more to us at no extra cost to you.

If you pay tax on your income, savings or pension you will qualify for the Gift Aid scheme. You must be paying at least 25p in tax for every £1 you donate.

To join the scheme when you make a donation, simply tick the Gift Aid box on the online donation form. If you have already made a donation and would like add Gift Aid, you can fill out our Gift Aid declaration form. Find out more about Gift Aid.

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Shouldn’t the NHS pay for care?

The NHS covers our basic running costs, but it’s the extra support from generous people like you that makes Great Ormond Street Hospital amazing. Your donations help us pay for areas which government money can’t stretch to, such as our hospital redevelopment programme, major peadiatric research projects and vital equipment for the hospital. Donations are also spent on the welfare of patients and their families – including the provision of accommodation for parents so they can be close to their children.

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