Meet our Chair

Rosemary Squire, The Tick Tock Club Chair

Every day, Great Ormond Street Hospital pushes the boundaries of what is possible with paediatric medicine. I have experienced first-hand the extraordinary work that happens every day behind its doors, bringing the latest advancements in technology and medical practice to improve the lives of the most critically ill children.

That work would not be possible without the help of the Tick Tock Club. Over the past 10 years, the support and dedication of the club’s members has helped to transform the lives of thousands of children, helping to fund the most urgent needs of the hospital and its patients and families.

I am delighted to be the Appeal Chair for the Tick Tock Club’s current appeal. I follow in the footsteps of Ken Costa, Huw Jenkins and Grahame Chilton, who helped guide and direct the club through its first 10 years.

Great Ormond Street Hospital is home to the country’s leading neurology and neurosurgery teams. It sees more children with brain tumours and carries out more surgery for patients with epilepsy than any other UK hospital. Yet the specialist teams have an urgent need for cutting-edge equipment that would enhance the experience of its young patients.

The new Khoo Teck Puat iMRI Suite will fundamentally change brain surgery for children at Great Ormond Street Hospital. For the first time, it will enable surgeons to scan a child during an operation to confirm if all of a brain tumour or lesion has been removed. It will also help surgeons to avoid other vital areas and structures in the brain when performing procedures. This real-time imaging means surgeons can make informed decisions to ensure the best outcomes for children.

Having a child in hospital is one of the most challenging times in any parent’s life. A new advanced suite will give parents more immediate certainty following an operation that all that is possible has been done to improve their child’s condition and avoid the need for repeat operations, which can carry significant risks. Being able to improve that experience and reduce the trauma for young patients and their families will make a world of difference.

I do hope you consider joining me to help raise the funds needed for this vital new suite. Your support will transform the lives of children today and help pave the way for the treatments of the future.

Dame Rosemary Squire
Appeal Chair, the Tick Tock Club