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 £100 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. We also have the most specialists in childhood illnesses under one roof in the UK. 

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Why do you want a regular gift?

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 an ongoing difference to the lives of sick children every day. 

Regular gifts allow us to;

  • plan the rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital
  • plan critical research projects into childhood illnesses
  • buy more specialist medical equipment
  • build more parent accommodation 

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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 £5 a month would 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. Please support us with an amount you can afford and feel comfortable with. 

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Where will my money go?

The money so generously donated by our supporters is used to fund the hospital redevelopment programme, research in to childhood diseases, specialist equipment and new patient and family accommodation. For every £1 donated, 72p goes directly to the hospital. The rest is spent on fundraising and administrative activities which allow us to raise more money for the hospital. 

Rebuilding and refurbishment

Your money goes to support the design, construction and fitting of new buildings and the renovation of older areas to give our patients the best care and experience possible. Whether it's new inpatient and intensive care beds, state-of-the-art operation theatres or all-important spaces for families to relax or play. 

Critical research

As many as five children a day lose their lives to a rare disease, yet only 5% of UK research funding is spent on projects relating to child health. We are the largest charitable funder of paediatric research in the UK. 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. 

Equipment

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 purchase more life-saving, specialist equipment. 

Child and family support

With your help, we can provide services to help support seriously ill children and their families. Support such as funding accommodation for parents to stay overnight, helping families with their expenses, and play therapists to work with children and explain their condition. 

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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 Care team on 020 3841 3131. Our team will be happy to set up your gift. 

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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 the hospital's basic running costs, but it’s the extra support from the public that makes Great Ormond Street Hospital extraordinary. 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 when they need them most.

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