Premier Inn float showcases patients' dreams at the Lord Mayor's Show

LMS float 2014


This year the London Lord Mayor's Show featured a very special float celebrating the dreams of Great Ormond Street Hospital patients, from meeting One Direction to playing wheelchair basketball and even living on Mars.

The Premier Inn float in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity joined the parade through the streets of the capital on Saturday 8  November, decorated with artwork on the theme of dreams created by the hospital's young patients.

The vivid and varied dreams represented on the float also included riding in a hot air balloon, swimming with fish in the sea, becoming a maths teacher, living in the jungle, training as a pilot, climbing in the Lake District, discovering a land of sweets and being the next Bob Marley.

The float was designed to highlight the partnership between the hotel chain and the charity and was manned by some of the company's top fundraisers from across the UK, as well as patients, families and staff from Great Ormond Street Hospital.

LMS patient decoration 2014
Lily, Amelie, Zainab, Erin and Ruby with their artwork

Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants, which runs Premier Inn, has pledged to raise £7.5 million towards the Premier Inn Clinical Building, a brand new, state-of-the-art centre due to open in 2017. The much needed new facilities will provide more space, privacy and comfort for patients and families from across the UK, replacing outdated wards in some of the hospital's oldest buildings.

Gwen Grant from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity said: "It was wonderful to see the creativity and dreams of the hospital's patients celebrated on the Premier Inn float.

"Great Ormond Street Hospital treats children from across the UK with some of the rarest and most complex conditions and the money raised by Premier Inn will help us make a real difference to patients and their families. We'd like to thank all our Premier Inn fundraisers for their dedicated and enthusiastic support."