Kyle Edmund becomes ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity
8 Feb 2018, 2:21 p.m.
Tennis ace Kyle Edmund has become a new ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity), and paid a special visit to patients and families at the hospital to mark the start of his support.
The British tennis star, who last month reached the Australian Open semi-final, has taken on the charity role after being moved by the story of GOSH patient James ‘Jimmy’ Shaw, who died in 2016. James’ parents Pete and Emily Shaw (pictured above) have raised £170,000 for GOSH Charity in James’ memory since they set up the ‘Little Jimmy Brighter Future Fund’ in 2016. Kyle (pictured below with GOSH patient Kyle) will support this special fund as part of his role as a GOSH Charity ambassador, and met children recovering from surgery at GOSH on his first visit.
The Shaw family decided to fundraise for GOSH Charity following James’ tragic death from suspected sepsis when he was just five-and-a-half weeks old. They aim to create a legacy for James and to thank GOSH staff for their ‘outstanding care, kindness and dedication’. Having already raised £170,000, the Shaw family are now aiming to raise a further £200,000 to equip a brand new, state-of-the-art operating theatre and a pre- and post-anaesthetic care room for children at GOSH.
Kyle Edmund says: "It's a great honour to be working with GOSH Charity, that helps so many families and children. I was especially moved by the heart-breaking story of little Jimmy. Emily and Pete managed to turn a tragedy into something wonderful and life-affirming, and have raised a truly staggering amount of money so far."
Emily Shaw, 36, says: "We are so delighted to have Kyle on board. He combines generosity and kindness with the fierce passion and drive you see on court, and we couldn’t ask for a better ambassador."
Tim Johnson, Chief Executive of GOSH Charity, added: “We are pleased to welcome Kyle Edmund as an ambassador of GOSH Charity, and look forward to working with Kyle to support the quite incredible fundraising efforts of Emily and Pete Shaw and the Little Jimmy Brighter Future Fund. I have heard Emily and Pete speak about the legacy they have created for their son James, and no one could fail to be inspired by their resolve and commitment to making a difference to the lives of other seriously ill children at GOSH.”
Kyle Edmund, already a Davis Cup winner and the current world number 26, joins an ever-growing GOSH Charity family of supporters, that includes the likes of Gordon and Tana Ramsay, Victoria Pendleton, Theo Walcott, and many more.
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.