Give it up for GOSH

Stuck on sweets? Tied to social media? Crazy for coffee? Could you challenge yourself to give up something you love this February and get sponsored to do so?

Simply follow the steps below and kick off your Give It Up For GOSH fundraising with a bang!

  • Firstly, choose something to give up – chocolate, wine, taking the bus to work… you decide.
  • Set up your JustGiving page and start fundraising now. Print off a sponsorship form for anyone who wants to donate in cash.
  • Share your sacrifice with your friends and family and ask them to sponsor you.
  • Stick up a calendar to keep you motivated.
  • If you get really stuck, you can use the cheat sheet – remember to make a donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in return!

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Check out below why Carol and the rest of her family (pictured above) gave it up for GOSH.

Carol – Giving it up for GOSH.

Matthew is treated at GOSH for scimitar syndrome, a rare congenital condition that affects his heart and lungs. As a thank you for the world-class care he receives, his mum Carol and the rest of the family decided to Give It Up for GOSH.

“We wanted to give something back to the hospital that has enabled our special son Matthew turn into a lovely teenager." says Carol.

“My husband Colin and I have cut out cake and puddings from our diet – a huge challenge given I have a really sweet tooth. Normally I check out the menu first for what pudding I want and then work backwards to see what else I can fit in! It was very difficult choosing a starter instead."

“Our daughter Hannah has given up sweets and fizzy drinks and Matthew has given up computer games, which for a teenage boy is very hard indeed!

Having seen everything that Matthew has been through over the years, it was the least we could do. The challenges we faced in the Give It up month were nothing compared to the challenges he has been faced and the bravery he has shown.

“Several of my family and friends have also taking part and we’re all sponsoring each other. It’s great to set yourselves a challenge and know that it is helping raise money for such an amazing cause.”

Here's Carols top tips to maximise your fundraising:

  • Choose something that is a tough challenge so people sponsor you.
  • Get as many people as you can involved for moral support – and to stop you when they see you near the sweets!
  • Every time you get a craving for whatever you have given up, put what it would cost into a jar so you can see the impact you are making instead of succumbing.
  • Good luck with your sacrifice. By the end of your challenge, not only will you have achieved a great personal goal, together you will have helped the patients and their families who come through the Hospital doors – well done!

If you need a little help, get in touch or call us on 020 3841 3131 and we’ll have you fundraising in no time.