OSCAR Campaign

A little boy wearing a medal stands between a man and a woman outside.

The OSCAR campaign (The Ocean and Shipping Community Advancing Children's Health and Research) is an innovative fundraising partnership uniting the international shipping community to raise funds at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH).

Background of the OSCAR campaign

The campaign is the inspiration of Phil Parry, Chairman of Spinnaker, whose son Oscar received life-saving care at GOSH. Oscar had leukaemia twice and endured three transplants before being cured by some pioneering research.

Since its inception in 2011, the OSCAR campaign raised over £2 million, helping to refurbish vital facilities at the hospital, and funding pioneering research into childhood cancers and immune diseases at GOSH and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Get involved

Find out more about our annual OSCAR Dragon Boat Race and how you can enter for 2024.

About the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race

This annual event has already raised over £850,000 towards the total raised by the OSCAR Campaign. 25 teams compete against one other and the top six teams battle it out in a final. There is a bar, food, quayside games and activities and a DJ to get everyone in the mood. And this year there will also be a classic car show as part of the event. It's an excellent networking event and good fun. Most importantly, no training is required for those who want to race!