Never Far Away: Essex Appeal

Charlotte, Freddie, Austin and Bradley at home

Seriously ill children want to be metres from mum and dad, not miles. Never far away. 

Keeping families together during difficult times is vital

Our new Never Far Away: Essex Appeal aims to raise £300,000 to cover the running costs of three patient and family accommodation facilities at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for a year.

Right now, due to the challenges of COVID-19, the hospital needs the support of the charity more than ever before so we can continue to provide the best possible care and support for families and seriously ill children from across the UK. With travelling to and from the hospital being much more challenging than before and with many hotels no longer being an option to stay at, our family accommodation is a lifeline for families at this difficult time.

We are asking local communities to get behind this appeal and help build a community of fundraisers to support seriously ill children like Austin.

If you feel that you could support us to fundraise for our family support services, please do get in touch:

Just £35 raised will help to cover the cost of a family being able to stay in our charity funded accommodation for one night.

Not from Essex? We'd still love to hear from you, email

Watch the film below to find out just how important family accommodation was to Bradley and Charlotte, whose son, Austin (pictured above next to dad, Bradley), was treated at GOSH over several months.

Support our appeal and help us help more families

There are so many ways that you, your friends and family can get involved. Whether you want to hold a fundraising event or help spread the word, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch now by clicking the button below and we will contact you.

Any questions?

Take a look at our FAQs or get in touch direct:

You can also join our appeal Facebook group.