Great Ormond Street documentary: how you can help

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is no ordinary place. As you have seen from the BBC documentary series, there’s something very special about it. 

Extraordinary children with incredible courage come to the hospital from across the UK and beyond as they face life-threatening conditions. Our dedicated staff care for these patients and their families with great skill and compassion.

Our patients have some of the world’s rarest and most serious conditions, and GOSH is one of only a handful of hospitals where they can receive the specialist treatment they urgently need. It takes a lot of energy, hard work and funding to deliver that world-class care, and much of the support you saw given to the children in the documentaries goes well beyond what NHS funding covers.

Catch up with the episodes

Episode 1: ‘Fix My Genes’
Discover how three young patients with rare diseases undergo a mixture of bone marrow transplantation and gene therapy to treat their rare conditions.

Episode 2: ‘Fight To Breathe’
Follow four patients with serious respiratory conditions and find out how they, and their families, make the difficult decision to join the lung transplant list for a vital second chance at life.

Episode 3: 'Mend My Brain'
Follow four Great Ormond Street Hospital patients and their families as they weigh up the potential risks and benefits of complex brain surgery.

How you help

Our supporters help us to go the extra mile by funding state-of-the-art buildings and facilities, cutting-edge equipment, extra support services for patients and families, and life-changing research programmes. 

The documentaries showed you how donations have directly helped some of our families. Herb and his family stayed at the patient hotel, which continues to run thanks to the generosity of people like you, offering free accommodation so that mums and dads can stay close to their children and support them through a very stressful time. 

Jessica was one patient who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. It’s because of our fundraisers that we’re able to support world-class researchers dedicated to brightening the future of children with cystic fibrosis, such as Professor Stephen Hart, who aims to develop new and better treatments for children like Jessica.

Cody’s surgery took place in a theatre that was built thanks to our fundraisers. The money donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity helped us to acquire a new specialised X-ray machine just like the one that Dr Rennie used to visualise and heal the tiny blood vessels in Cody’s brain. Providing the best possible equipment is vitally important to ensure that more children like Cody can have a brighter future. 

Show your support

It’s thanks to supporters like you that we’re able to help patients like Herb, Jessica and Cody (pictured above). If you can support us – through a donation, by getting involved in a fundraising event or in any other way – together we will make GOSH more extraordinary every day for children who need our help most.