Butlin's brings summer fun to patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital party

Butlin’s helped bring seaside fun to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) patients on Wednesday 24 June as they enjoyed a special summer party.

Butlin’s iconic Redcoats were on hand to help everyone get into the party spirit at the Seaside Summer Fayre, held at the hospital. They were joined by Butlin’s favourites Billy & Bonnie Bear and the Skyline Gang, who demonstrated their incredible circus skills.

The party was a summer treat for patients who are currently in hospital, with traditional seaside fairground stalls including hook-a-duck, splat-the-rat and an ice cream stand and fun activities including a puppet workshop, cupcake decorating and face painting.

The Redcoats and entertainers were helping out at the hospital as part of Butlin’s partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, which aims to raise £150,000 towards much needed new equipment and the hospital’s play team. The team provides innovative strategies to make the child’s experience of hospital as stress-free as possible, helping them find a way to cope and ensuring they don’t miss out on being children.

Emily Conquest from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said: “We’re thrilled that Butlin’s Redcoats and entertainers gave up their time to bring fun and smiles to children who are spending time in hospital this summer, and we’d like to thank them all for helping to create such an incredible party for our patients and their families.

“The money raised through our partnership with Butlin’s will make a real difference for Great Ormond Street Hospital’s young patients, not only funding life-saving equipment but also one of our play workers, who provide such vital support to families.”

Butlin’s relationship with GOSH dates back to 1938, when Butlin’s day visitors were charged a shilling to enter the resort, with all the money going to the hospital, while in 1965 The Variety Club (sponsored by Sir Billy Butlin) donated a hydrotherapy pool to the hospital’s Department of Physical Medicine. In 1977 Sir Billy donated funds to purchase the UK’s first paediatric CT scanner at GOSH.

“Sir Billy was a very keen supporter of Great Ormond Street, and we are delighted to continue that,” said Butlin’s Managing Director Dermot King. “We have many shared beliefs and principles, not least that we both put the family at the heart of everything we do. Hopefully the summer party will have brought some of our Butlin’s magic to patients and their families just when they needed it.”