Help patients and families this Christmas

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is working with Radio Times to help more families be together this Christmas. Donate now to help support our patients and parents, like Ben and mum Viki. 

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Ben’s story

When twins Ben and James were 17 months old, mum Viki noticed they weren’t feeling well. At first it just seemed like a nasty cold, but Ben soon started to become lethargic. That weekend Ben collapsed and was rushed to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with meningitis. He was then transferred to intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

When Ben first woke up from an induced coma, the meningitis infection had left him blind with uncontrolled limb movements and he went on to lose his hearing also. Viki spent Christmas on GOSH’s neurology ward, as the medical team continued to control the infection. From having recently begun to take his wobbly first steps, Viki’s little boy was now lying almost unresponsive in a hospital bed.

Christmas at GOSH

Over Christmas, Viki stayed at accommodation provided by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity while Ben was in intensive care. She said, “I usually left the ward after midnight, went to the parent accommodation and then back to the hospital at about 5am. Ben was in such a delicate state, so I needed to be able to rush to his side at any time of the night.”

How you can help

With your support, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity can help more families stay together, whether that’s by funding family accommodation so mums and dads can stay close by, or special rooms in our new hospital wards so parents of the most seriously ill children can stay by their bedside 24 hours a day.

The charity also funds play specialists so that children can have fun at Christmas despite going through very difficult times. Donations also fund research and equipment that will enable the hospital to find new cures and save more lives so that families can be together tomorrow.

Tess Daly, patron of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity explains:

At Christmas, we all look forward to spending time with the people we love - but for the families of patients at GOSH, that time is even more precious. Help more families be together and make a special donation this Christmas."

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