Fever-Tree Championships Tennis At the Queen's Club Serves Up Support For GOSH

16 May 2018, 1:05 p.m.

The Fever-Tree Championships tennis tournament at The Queen’s Club in London has chosen Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) as its new charity partner for 2018.The Fever-Tree Championships will raise vital funds to support seriously ill children from across the UK who are cared for at the hospital.

The traditional pre-Wimbledon grass court tournament at The Queen’s Club, the Fever-Tree Championships is set to feature its strongest line-up yet, including six of the world’s top ten ranked players, and British No.1 Kyle Edmund. GOSH Charity will be supported in a variety of ways, including the sale of used tournament balls from the official merchandise store, ticket resales, and through evening Ground Admission tickets. A special text donation line has also been set up for tennis fans - they can text TENNIS to 70125 to donate £5. The tournament will provide some free tickets for GOSH patients, and two patients will have the opportunity to walk out as player mascots on Final’s day.

The Fever-Tree Championships chose to support GOSH Charity after being inspired by the story of GOSH patients James and Isabel Shaw, and the incredible fundraising efforts of their parents Emily and Pete Shaw. James passed away at GOSH in October 2016, after developing a life-threatening condition at just five and half weeks old. Weeks later, his twin sister Isabel was rushed to GOSH with an unrelated, life-threatening condition and staff at the hospital saved her life.

The Shaw family has raised £180,000 so far to say thank you to GOSH for the dedicated care and support provided to James and Isabel, and the Fever-Tree Championships will join the Shaws in their efforts to help fund specialist equipment for surgical theatres at the hospital, helping to transform the lives of seriously ill children.

British No.1 Kyle Edmund is an ambassador for GOSH Charity and for the Shaw’s fundraising efforts and commented: “It's a great honour to be working with GOSH Charity and I’m delighted that such a prestigious tournament in the tennis calendar will raise funds for this fantastic cause too. I have been so moved by the story of James and Isabel and their family, and I hope everyone who comes to the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen’s Club will dig deep and show their support for the hospital which gave them such incredible care.”

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive of GOSH Charity says: “We are thrilled to partner with such a respected tournament as the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen’s Club. Its long history of excellence and dedication matches the commitment and expertise that staff at GOSH offer to seriously ill children from around the world. We’re hoping tennis fans will help us raise money towards specialist surgical equipment for the hospital, while soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the fabulous tennis on offer.”

Stephen Farrow, Tournament Director, Fever-Tree Championships, said: “As soon as we heard about the Shaw family’s experience from our British No.1 Kyle Edmund, we wanted to help, too. The work that Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital does is life-saving and life-changing for so many children and their families, not only in London but all over the country. We will be doing all we can as part of this partnership to support them in raising as much money as possible.”

Contact Information

Melissa Shelley, GOSH Charity Press Office

0203 841 3185 / Melissa.shelley@GOSH.org

David Law, Media Director, Fever-Tree Championships

07764 186090 / david.law@lawsports.net

Fever-Tree Championships website: www.fevertreechampionships.com

Notes to Editors

About Great Ormond Street Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity:

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. Our patients and families are central to everything we do – from the moment they come through the door and for as long as they need us.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise money to support the hospital to give seriously ill children, the best chance for life. The charity funds research into pioneering new treatments for children, provides the most up to date medical equipment, funds support services for children and their families and supports the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit www.gosh.org

About the Fever-Tree Championships and The Queen’s Club

The Fever-Tree Championships is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. Played on grass at The Queen’s Club since 1890, the tournament attracts many of the best players in the world every year. From 18th-24th June, 2018, the World No.1 Rafael Nadal, 5-time champion Andy Murray, US Open champions Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic will compete for the title, along with the British No.1, Kyle Edmund. All-time greats Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Nadal and Murray are listed on the tournament’s Roll of Honour. The Fever-Tree Championships is part of the Lawn Tennis Association’s series of International Tennis Events, along with the Nature Valley Open (Nottingham), Nature Valley Classic (Birmingham) and Nature Valley International (Eastbourne), in the lead-up to Wimbledon. www.fevertreechampionships.com