Big Play Date FAQs

Keen to get friends and family together this summer? Well, being involved with the Big Play Date is the perfect excuse. From 6–13 July 2019, we’re encouraging the nation to host their own play date and raise money to help fund the Play services at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

You can hold your play date wherever you like and invite whoever you like – it’s completely up to you.

Read our frequently asked questions (FAQs) below. If your question isn’t answered please contact the team at or call 020 3841 3270. You can find our Terms and Conditions here.

Where will the money I've raised go?

Any donation(s) received in relation to the Big Play Date event(s) will be used to fund the Play services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust.  Our target for this appeal is to raise £12,150.

In the event that additional donations are received over and 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.

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How will you use the money I've raised?

The money you raise at your play date will help Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity fund the Play team at the hospital. 

The Play team has a vital role in giving children a more positive experience of their hospital stay. The team, made up of both play workers and play specialists, bring fun into the hospital while helping to ease fears and concerns. They let children be children, helping them to feel comfortable and relaxed, while working with them to prepare for life-saving treatment and surgery. They use techniques such as role play, drawing and practising their procedures on toys to enable the children to gain mastery and control over their treatment. Find out more here.
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How do I hold my play date?

You can hold your play date wherever you like and invite whoever you like — it’s completely up to you. From a family BBQ to a street party, we’ll provide you with ideas for activities and tips to make it easy but the important thing is that you play your way and make sure socialising and silliness are top of the agenda!

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What do I need to think about to keep my event safe and legal?

Your safety and wellbeing is our priority. Please follow our Community Fundraising guidelines and ensure you adhere to all health and safety laws.

GOSH Charity does not accept any responsibility for you, your Big Play Date event or for anyone who participates in it. We advise that you, and all fundraisers associated with it, seek advice regarding insurance and/or licences and/or safeguarding of participants that may be appropriate/required for your Big Play Date event, especially if this is hosted in a public place. Please read our Terms and Conditions for more information. 

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When do I hold my play date?

The Big Play Date week is between Saturday 6 July to Saturday 13 July 2019. If you can’t do any of those dates, that’s not a problem! Pick another day that suits you and your guests before this week! Unfortunately we won’t be able to send any materials out for play dates organised after 13 July 2019. Please note, our communications about the event will be sent based on your event taking part during the Big Play Date week.

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When will my pack get here?

We will begin sending out fundraising packs at the beginning of June. Before then, our team will be in touch with downloadable goodies for you to start planning your play date.

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How do I fundraise?

You can fundraise however you like — ask the people coming along to make a small donation, or ask for a donation per activity or game. You could collect cash on the day in the collection box in your fundraising pack, or set up a JustGiving page in advance. 
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How old do I have to be?

We encourage people of all ages to participate in the Big Play Date, but would ask that any cash collections are done by a responsible adult in line with our fundraising guidelines. If you have any questions about your specific event, please contact a member of the team.
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Do you have any videos that I can show at my play date?

The charity has a range of different videos that you could show at your Play Date on our YouTube channel.

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How do I pay in the money I've raised?

You’ve organised it, the kids (and the grown ups) have had a great time so we wanted to make paying in your money as easy as A-B-C. 

  • Pay via JustGiving – make a donation to the campaign. Setting up a JustGiving page is an easy way for people to pay you on the day too. 
  • Pay here on our website – make sure you select Big Play Date from the list. (Click “Donate”, “Pay in fundraising money”, “My Own Event” and choose Big Play Date.)
  • Call us on 020 3841 3270 to pay over the phone. 
  • Use this form 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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Who can I speak to if I have more questions?

The Big Play Date team will be happy to help! Call us on 020 3841 3270 or drop us a line at

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