The Children's Cancer Centre

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If you can help build it,

you can help beat childhood cancer.

Childhood and cancer. Two words that should never go together.

Every year, around 1,800 families in the UK are told their child has cancer.

And every week, around five children in the UK lose their lives to cancer. That’s five families who are faced with the worst news possible.

A child doesn’t have to die from cancer for it to take their life. It can take away their opportunities to learn, to play with their friends, to spend time outdoors.

It can take away their childhood.

That's why we're helping to build the Children's Cancer Centre.

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) cares for children with the hardest-to-treat cancers.

GOSH has a long history of pioneering breakthroughs in cancer care and treatment. But despite advances, cancer is still the biggest killer of children aged one to 14 in the UK.

There are extraordinary opportunities to improve the odds for children with cancer once and for all.

Together we can build it. Together we can help beat childhood cancer.

How we're improving the odds for children with cancer

With your support, we can help build a new, world-leading Children’s Cancer Centre at GOSH, drive transformation in children’s cancer care and save more lives. The Children’s Cancer Centre will offer:

  • A 20% increase in capacity, offering life-changing and life-saving care for more children

  • Digitally advanced inpatient wards that are tailored to children with cancer, allowing children to stay connected with their loved ones in a ‘home from home’ environment

  • Increased capacity for research studies for families faced with few treatment options, with the hope to develop kinder treatments with less long-term side effects

  • A new critical care unit with dedicated family breathing spaces and on-site accommodation, allowing families to stay together at the most challenging of times

  • An increased focus on nutrition, physical activity and wellbeing for children with cancer, supporting their recovery and improving outcomes

  • New imaging technology that better reveals what’s happening inside cancer cells and improves GOSH’s diagnostic capability

  • A new hospital school, with double the capacity, for students and an outdoor garden, ensuring that children do not lose out on their childhood

  • A sustainable environment with green spaces and a roof garden - helping to protect our planet for the future of all children

Photo of Ralphie and his mum

Meet some of the children that have been treated at GOSH

Ralphie (left) was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer called acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) at GOSH. Since then he’s been undergoing intense treatment at the hospital. Despite initially having a bad reaction to chemotherapy, today Ralphie is doing well.

His parents, Sophie and Luke, tell us more about Ralphie and their GOSH experience.

GOSH patient Arianna smiling and looking to the side.

Latest news and features

Read about the latest research breakthroughs in childhood cancer by GOSH researchers and others in the field of cancer.

Meet some of the young oncology patients at GOSH who have been part of this research. You'll hear about their experiences, including the care and treatment that they've received.

How can I help?

There are many ways to help us build the new Children's Cancer Centre. Here are some of the ways to get involved.

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More information can also be found on the redevelopment page on the hospital website

Your donation will go to support the vital cancer care services at GOSH, including the refurbishment of GOSH buildings, upgrading equipment, pioneering research, kinder treatments and offering vital welfare services to our families during their time at GOSH.

In the event that [costs change] [additional funds are received over and above our target] [the needs of the hospital or patients change], we reserve the right to redirect funds for use against the hospital’s most urgent needs.