Sir Paul McCartney wishes GOSH a happy 164th birthday

The musical legend has recorded a special birthday message showing his support for the Give to GOSH appeal.

In a special message recorded for the Give the GOSH appeal, Sir Paul McCartney wished GOSH a happy 164th birthday while also backing the appeal and thanking everyone who has donated so far. He also paid tribute to the amazing work of the hospital’s staff and volunteers.

The Give to GOSH appeal, which is now in its final week, has so far raised more than £3m.

“When I’m 164”

In the video message, Sir Paul McCartney updated the 1967 hit from The Beatles, When I’m Sixty-Four, in honour of the hospital’s birthday on 14 February. 

He said: “This is Paul McCartney here and this is a message on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital. I want to thank everybody who has donated to their latest campaign and has given money to keep this great hospital and the great work it does going.”

Sir Paul continued: “I also want to congratulate the hospital itself on its 164th anniversary. Wow. Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 164?”

A long history with GOSH

Sir Paul has a long history of supporting GOSH, including paying a surprise visit to the wards, performing karaoke sessions with patients and attending the hospital's annual Christmas party for patients.

GOSH chaplain and Beatles fan Jim Linthicum said: “Sir Paul McCartney is a genius as a musician and I have so much respect for him. He transcends the generations with his music and keeps us young. It’s a real honour to get a birthday message from such a legend. Sir Paul has touched so many people throughout the years with his music, a bit like GOSH, which also touches everybody, so it seems fitting to have him supporting the Give to GOSH appeal.”

The endorsement of the appeal from Sir Paul follows high-profile celebrity endorsement and corporate donations, including Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Canada and Trailfinders. 

It also comes as the campaign enters its final week, ending this Sunday on GOSH’s 164th birthday. A party will be held this week for patients and the dedicated staff and volunteers who care for them.

You can watch the full Paul McCartney video here.

Give to GOSH now and help us provide even more care and support for families.

Adapted from an article originally published on The Independent’s website on 7 February, 2016.