Sir Elton John backs the Give to GOSH appeal

The singer praises staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in support of The Independent, the London Evening Standard and London Live's Give to GOSH appeal.

Coinciding with day one of Give to GOSH’s second online auction, Sir Elton John has praised the “care and devotion” of staff at GOSH.

Sir Elton’s godson, Louis Dundas, was treated at the hospital before passing away due to a brain tumour in 2008. Sir Elton has emphasised the importance of research into children’s palliative care and urged the public to give generously.

“Nothing can prepare you for the heartache of losing a child, but to watch that child suffer in unimaginable pain is perhaps an even greater cross to bear,” Sir Elton told The Independent.

“In 2008, a brain tumour sadly took the life of my godson Louis Dundas. He was just four year years old at the time. Regretfully, for his family and all those that knew and loved him, Louis did not slip peacefully away as we had all hoped he might.

“I am thankful to all the staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital for their care and devotion to the children they look after and especially to the palliative care doctors and nurses for their tireless efforts with Louis and his family, both throughout his illness and after his death. However, his experience and the pain he suffered highlighted just how crucial research into paediatric palliative care and pain management is."

Sir Elton continues: “This is something we cannot ignore. Children are our future and we as their protectors have a duty to make their lives, and deaths where it is sadly the case, as comfortable as possible. GOSH is an extraordinary place and I wholeheartedly support this appeal.

“As a parent myself, I encourage everybody to give generously, in the name of Louis and all the children who have been taken from us too soon. Let’s help make the palliative care journey a less painful one for families in the future.”

Bid and make a difference

The second Give to GOSH auction will help raise funds for patients and families at GOSH and money raised will be matched by the Government pound for pound. 

Prizes for the auction include front-row seats to see Sir Elton John perform live in Las Vegas, a magical tour of Hamley’s toy store and a private Topshop shopping spree. 

You can also bid £25 to provide accommodation for parents of GOSH patients at the hospital this Christmas. Find out what other prizes are up for grabs and bid now.

Bidding will close at 9pm on Tuesday 22 December.