GOSH Charity hosts annual Better Together event for its corporate partners

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has been reliant on the generosity of the public and our corporate partners remain a vital source of income in enabling the hospital to give seriously ill children the best chance of fulfilling their potential.

Last night, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) welcomed over 100 guests representing 32 partners into the hospital for our annual Better Together celebration event to recognise their employees’ incredible efforts in supporting the hospital.

Fulfilling potential

We were joined by former rugby star Matt Dawson MBE, who spoke passionately about the time he spent at GOSH with his son Sami, Nicola Grinstead, Deputy CEO of the hospital, and Cameron, a 20-year-old former patient who underwent brain surgery at the age of ten.

Cameron hosted a Q and A session for Matt and Nicola on the subject of ‘fulfilling and maximising potential’, which provoked an interesting discussion. Matt drew on his experience as a former international athlete and discussed how he maximised his performance on and off the field. Nicola related this to her role in managing the day-to-day running of the hospital, with the ultimate aim of fulfilling the potential of the children who come to GOSH.

The Corporate Partnerships Awards

After this interesting discussion, we announced this year’s award winners:
  • New kids on the block award: Galliard Homes
  • Trailblazer award: Qlik
  • Word on the (Great Ormond) street award: Fairy Non Bio
  • Most creative fundraiser award: Robert Walters
  • Extraordinary impact award: Premier Inn and Restaurants
  • Flying off the shelf award: Smyths Toys 
  • Behind the scenes award: The Doyle Collection

Exceptional personal commitment 

We also awarded two special individuals who have displayed an exceptional personal commitment to GOSH. This year’s winners were John English from Premier Inn and Restaurants and Rupert Casey from Macfarlanes.

John English, Premier Inn and Restaurants

John is the ultimate ambassador for GOSH, travelling up and down the country, waving the GOSH flag and speaking passionately about the cause to over 35,000 team members from Premier Inn and Restaurants. Their passion and dedication to fundraising for GOSH is a reflection of John’s efforts.

Every day, John goes above and beyond for the partnership. As we step into the next phase of the partnership, now is the time to pause, thank and celebrate all that John has achieved.

Rupert Casey, Macfarlanes

Rupert has built a longstanding and on-going relationship with GOSH Charity since the start of the partnership, which has its 10-year anniversary approaching. Macfarlanes provide extensive pro bono legal support, advice and training to the staff at GOSH Charity.

His team’s support enables the charity to make significant cost savings, meaning we can spend more money on activities that directly benefit the hospital.

Charity champion of the year

This year, we awarded Louise Barlow from Lazard with the charity champion of the year award. Louise is a brilliant champion, she works tirelessly to promote GOSH Charity events and gets people to sign up for marathons, cycles, tower climbs, football tournaments, table tennis tournaments, carol concerts, 5k runs and more! Louise regularly volunteers at cheer points.

She is an incredible ambassador for GOSH and has worked hard to get Lazard to hit their fundraising target.

A lasting legacy

It is only because of the dedication and commitment of our corporate partners that we can deliver outstanding care for all children who come to GOSH.

Our partners’ support enables us to fund vital paediatric research, state-of-the-art equipment, support services and the rebuilding of old, cramped wards so we can treat more patients.

A huge thank you to everyone involved in our corporate partnerships. You have played a pivotal role in GOSH’s history and countless seriously ill children now and in the future will benefit from your support.