Our first-ever Virtual Fundraising Gala event

11 May 2020, 5:18 p.m.

On Thursday 7 May, over 380 people tuned in for our first-ever Virtual Fundraising Gala event, At Home With GOSH in partnership with Fairy Non Bio and sponsored by the neighbourhood convenience stores and newsagents McColl’s.It was a fantastic occasion, which raised over £36,000! Here are a few of our highlights from the night.

Amazing entertainment

The evening was hosted by the brilliant and hilarious Dara Ó Briain, who welcomed attendees as they logged on at 7pm and then chaperoned them through the evening’s fantastic lineup – including an 8pm break for #ClapForCarers.

Music was a big feature, with incredible performances from acoustic singer Jack Savoretti, GOSH Nurse and Britain’s Got Talent contestant Beth Porch and the one and only Craig David. This was topped off with a stellar DJ set from Emma B towards the end of the night.

As well as amazing music, guests were also treated to a suggested menu from celebrity chef Theo Randall and recommended wine pairings from TV presenter, columnist and wine expert Olly Smith. Guests were invited to take part in a ‘Best Dish’ competition, judged by Theo. The winner was attendee Millie – just look at that presentation!

A big shout out to everyone that took part in our Best Dish and Best Dressed competitions on the night – all entries were brilliant!

Heartfelt messages

Throughout the evening we also heard from families with a connection to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) – including patient Gabz, who has juvenile dermatomyositis, and her mum Lyn; GOSH dad Gavin and his daughter Maggie, who had eye surgery at the hospital; and GOSH mum Joanna, whose daughters Lucie and Isobel have both received heart transplants at GOSH.

There were also some lovely surprise messages of support from actors Claire Foy and Martin Freeman.

An incredible impact

Guests were given the chance to take part in several fundraising initiatives throughout the event, including a silent auction and raffle.

All in all, we’re thrilled to announce over £36,000 was raised! This money will help fund both GOSH's most urgent, immediate needs and support its vital work once this crisis is over.

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us on the night!

We will be hosting our next At Home With GOSH on Tuesday 8 September 2020. Tickets are available now! We hope to see you there.

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