Eight Nights of Fundraising: Our GOSH Chanukah Appeal

Kieran and his mum Louise

Help us bring light to seriously ill children this Chanukah

Across the eight nights of Chanukah, we’re asking Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) supporters – including you – to raise funds to support our incredible Play team.

Games are an essential part of Chanukah fun, but play is even more important when a child is seriously ill. Our Play team provides care that goes beyond the medical needs of each child, providing an opportunity for children to work through any emotions and worries they have about being in hospital.

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Every donation counts

Over 600 children arrive at GOSH every day from across the country: they are some of the bravest young people you could ever meet. GOSH is a place where the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs that change the lives of thousands of children – and change the world. Every pound you make will fund our vital Play team and make a difference to the children at GOSH. 

£36 could buy a set of sensory balls with exciting textures and eye-catching colours to stimulate children’s senses.

£200 funds a clever bunny toy that helps the Play team explain medical procedures, like blood tests and intravenous drips. These toys help prepare children for procedures through play, building their confidence and easing anxiety.

£647 could pay for everything a Play team member needs for one week, including toys and training.

If you're inspired to make a difference to the lives of hundreds of children every day, we've created some festive Chanukah fundraising guides, packed with ideas for families, schools and synagogues. 

Download our Chanukah fundraising guide for friends, family and synagogues

Download our Chanukah fundraising guide for schools

Meet Kieran

Kieran in GOSH hospital chair

When Kieran (pictured above) was admitted for surgery at GOSH, his mum, Louise, and dad, David, had to stay with him in hospital, as he had a bad reaction to anaesthetic. Luckily, the Play team was on hand to help with Kieran's recovery. 
David says: "Within the hospital there’s an activity centre and it seems to have everything a child could need to play. From arts and crafts to gaming - you name it, it has it. One of the Play team spent hours with Kieran just building something with him and keeping him distracted from the pain medication button and the drip attached to his arm.

It gave us time as parents to take stock of what he had been through in surgery and his mum and I began to realise how valuable this type of catch-up time is. To us, GOSH is a reassuring team where we know we will get the best care from people who know what we need even if we don’t. It’s not just about the patients, but the family as well."

For the family, Chanukah is a holiday filled with tasty food, lighting candles and special time together.

"As a family, the eight days of Chanukah is eight presents from the small to the large," says David. "It’s latkes and doughnuts, and it’s also an excuse to be together as a family and gather round the menorah to sing."

The Play team brings light into the lives of thousands of children and their families helping them to be together at this special time: with your support, they can continue to do their essential and amazing work.

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Any questions?

If you want to find out more about how you can make a difference, or would like more information about GOSH, please contact us: email fundraising@gosh.org or call us on 020 3841 3179.

Your kind donation will be used to fund our Play team. In the event that funds are received over and above what we are able to allocate to Play, we reserve the right to redirect funds for use against the charity’s general charitable purposes, prioritised for wherever there is the most need.