The Children's Cancer Centre

GOSH patient Maya looking to camera

We won’t let cancer steal childhoods.

Cancer is the biggest killer of children aged one to 14 in the UK. But a child doesn’t have to die from cancer for it to take their life.

Living with cancer is different for every child. It can mean countless rounds of debilitating treatment. Not knowing when you’ll sleep in your own bed again. Missing out on parties and playdates and trips to the park.

It can mean missing the moments that make up a childhood.

But we won’t let it.

We won't let cancer steal childhoods.

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) already cares for children with the hardest to treat cancers. Now it needs a new home to help deliver breakthrough therapies. A world-class facility with children at its heart.

Join us to help build the Children’s Cancer Centre at GOSH and save more lives.

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

Build it. Beat it.

What the new 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 tailored to children with cancer, allowing children to stay connected with 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 and an outdoor garden

  • A sustainable environment with green spaces and a roof garden

Step inside the plans

Find out more about the centre by taking a virtual tour or watching our video below.

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How you can help us build it

GOSH has a team of dedicated doctors, nurses and researchers who are specialists in the most complex childhood cancers. And there are architects and builders who can transform the hospital. Now we just need people like you.

Who you'll be helping

Maya looking through the glass window of her room. Her sister is the other side, holding her hand out to her.

Meet some of the children and young people treated at GOSH

"I'm my strongest when I'm around Maya. For some reason, she just gives me this strength that I just didn't know I had. You try and find a positive in all of this sadness.”

Last year, Maya underwent chemotherapy, immunotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at GOSH. Unfortunately, in January 2024 her parents discovered she had relapsed. Maya started CAR-T therapy in March 2024. Her mum Daisy shares their GOSH journey so far.

Stay tuned

We regularly publish news stories and updates relating to our Build it. Beat it. appeal in the News and features section of our website.

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.