Premier Inn & Restaurants: Make a difference to a child like Grace

4 Mar 2022, 12:38 p.m.

Patient Grace in a hospital bed holding a drawing book and smiling to camera

Four children a day are diagnosed with cancer; it’s still the biggest killer for children aged 5-14.

When children are diagnosed with cancer, it’s often the start of the most difficult journey these children and their families must face. It jeopardises the magic of childhood and can take children away from everything they know, often for significant periods of time.

GOSH and Premier Inn & Restaurants working together

Premier Inn & Restaurants has been helping change the lives of the UK’s most seriously ill children treated at GOSH for 10 years. But so many more will need our help.

With Premier Inn & Restaurants by our side, we can change the future of children’s cancer care forever. Together, we can offer these children the future they and their families hope for. Funding world-class care that treats the child, not just the cancer. Will you vote for us and help us continue to achieve incredible things together?

Meet Grace

When Grace was four, she was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. She was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to for treatment.

Her mum, Kelly, tells their story: “I couldn’t believe it was happening and it didn’t feel real. It was difficult as her mum to come to terms with the reality that my daughter was so sick.

“You meet so many other families on the cancer wards. Every cancer is different, we weren’t all leukaemia patients. Every family is in quite a unique situation.

“We were with those families every day and even though you want to have a laugh and a joke to try and make it more bearable, it feels wrong to do that because there’s so much tragedy.

“While we were on the ward three other children died. It’s hard to smile because you’re all living this nightmare.”

Kelly, Grace's mum

Grace’s twin brother, Max, often came to visit her. Kelly says: “He would wear his dressing gown because all the other children are in dressing gowns. When Max first saw Grace after she had lost her hair, he told her she looked like a princess.”

Grace finished treatment around her seventh birthday. “Since finishing treatment Grace has been absolutely amazing. I have so much love and respect for the hospital for everything they’ve done for my little girl.”

Patient, Grace in a hospital bed with her twin brother, Max

Grace and her twin brother, Max