Big Play Date

This summer, we’re encouraging the nation to host their own play date and raise money for seriously ill children being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). 

Hold your play date wherever you like and invite whoever you like — it’s completely up to you!

Why a play date?

Children love to play, and for GOSH play is a serious business. The GOSH Play team bring fun and reassurance into the hospital when it’s needed most. They let children be children, helping them to feel comfortable and relaxed while working with them to prepare for life-saving treatment and surgery.

Sign up today!

Sign up at the bottom of this page to host a play date and receive your free activity pack, which will provide you with plenty of tips for the day (including games used by the GOSH Play team and ideas about how to fundraise), as well as materials to get children involved in the planning – after all, they’re the play experts! 

By providing your details, we'll contact you by email, telephone and SMS in the run up to your Big Play Date event to support your fundraising and participation in relation to Big Play Date week (6–13 July 2019). 

Where does the money I raise go?

The money you raise at your play date will help to fund the Play team at GOSH. In a nutshell, you get to play while helping seriously ill children from across the UK *! 

Have a question about the Big Play Date? You can find our FAQs here and T&Cs here.

*Donation(s) received in relation to the Big Play Date event(s) will fund the Play Services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust. Our target for this appeal is to raise £12,150. If additional donations are received above our target and/or the needs of the hospital or patients change, we reserve the right to redirect funds for use against the hospital’s most urgent needs. 

Paying in options 

Already hosted your play date? We hope you had fun! Here are the different ways you can pay in the money you’ve raised: 

  • Via JustGiving – You can set up a JustGiving page for people to donate to on the day (just follow this link and click "Start Fundraising"), or you can make a donation straight to the campaign page.
  • Via our website – make sure you select Big Play Date from the list. (Select “My Own Event” and choose Big Play Date from the drop down.)
  • Call us on 020 3841 3270 to pay over the phone. 
  • Download the paying in form at to send us a cheque – remember to include Big Play Date in the event details. Please do not send us cash.

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