The story of GOSH at Christmas

Martin Freeman, Gemma Whelan, Stephen Merchant, Stephen Mangan, Claire Foy and Jason Isaacs star in the telling of our Christmas poem
Some very special supporters are helping us tell the story of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) this Christmas.

Give a warm welcome to Martin Freeman, Gemma Whelan, Stephen Merchant, Stephen Mangan, Claire Foy and Jason Isaacs!

This amazing bunch joined us to create a festive GOSH film based on the classic poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Take a look and see how the charity supports patients, families and staff through the festive period.

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Christmas at GOSH

Christmas is a time for loved ones to be together. For the children at GOSH who are too ill to go home this Christmas, that time is especially precious. And your support is one of the greatest gifts they can receive. 

This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to reach their full potential. With your kind support we can help fund state-of-the-art equipment and pioneering research to help save lives. We can help fund vital services that support children and their families, such as accommodation that allows parents to stay close to their child when they’re needed. 

Help families at GOSH with the gift of your support this Christmas.

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The Night Before Christmas at GOSH

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the wards,
Children were dozing while playthings were stored.
Stockings were hung in corridors with care,
Holding words of hope, for children treated there.

Parents snoozed gently, never too far away,
Helped by GOSH Charity with somewhere close to stay,
Giving 2,000 families bed and board each year,
Reminding worried children, they have nothing to fear.

When out on the street there arose such a clatter,
all sprung from their beds to see what was the matter.
The nurses and doctors, surgeons and Play team,
All ran to the windows, to witness the scene.

Scientists researching night after night
Came out from their labs to admire the sight.
With volunteers and teachers they formed a great crowd,
And all sang to the wards, with harmonies loud.

“Ward Sky, ward Squirrel, wards Robin and Rhino,
On Flamingo, on Fox, on Leopard and Lion,
Look out of your windows and soon you will see,
A sleigh flying past, quick as can be.”

The children looked up at the sparkling sky,
And saw Santa’s sleigh whizzing on by.
He rounded the hospital and flew to the top,
Dropping off presents in every last block.

Gifts of research, equipment, support and more space,
Funded by donors from all over the place.
They heard him exclaim as he zoomed out of sight –
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"