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Great Ormond Street Hospital - Metartec's charity of the month

02 January 2018


Metartec’s charity of the month for January is Great Ormond Street Hospital which has been chosen by one of our engineers, Ian.

Why Great Ormond Street Hospital?

My grandson was born with heart issues and they have been amazing in sorting him out.

I can't think of a more deserving charity. These people are far from than just doctors, they are angels that give people from all walks of life help and hope in difficult and stressful times.

About Great Ormond Street Hospital

Founded in 1852, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is the largest centre for child heart surgery in the UK and one of the largest centres for heart transplantation in the world. In 1962 they developed the first heart and lung bypass machine for children.

With children's book author Roald Dahl, they developed an improved shunt valve for children with water on the brain (hydrocephalus), and non-invasive (percutaneous) heart valve replacements. They did the first UK clinical trials of the rubella vaccine, and the first bone marrow transplant and gene therapy for severe combined immunodeficiency.

In April 1929, Sir JM Barrie gave all the rights to his play and novel, Peter Pan, to the hospital. Since then, the children's classic has continued to benefit patients, helping GOSH to pioneer new treatments, buy vital equipment and fund ground breaking research.

Whilst the NHS meets the day-to-day running costs of the hospital, the fundraising income allows Great Ormond Street Hospital to remain at the forefront of childrens healthcare. The charity aims to raise over £50 million every year to complete the next two phases of redevelopment, as well as provide substantially more fundraising directly for research. The charity also purchases up-to-date equipment, and provides accommodation for families and staff.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity was one of the charities that benefited from the national Jeans for Genes campaign, which encourages people across the UK to wear their jeans and make a donation to help children affected by genetic disorders. Other fundraisers have included Arsenal FC, X Factor and Channel 4.

GOSH’s range of support projects help to provide an enhanced patient and family experience. For example, a dedicated team of 38 charity-funded play experts interact with more than 160 patients and siblings each day to bring fun into the hospital and help patients come to terms with their illness. GOSH Arts provide creative stimulation and brighten up the hospital community with art and live music. The Chaplaincy team provide support and advice for parents, and our accommodation services keep families together.

How can your support help?

  • by funding accommodation for parents to stay overnight
  • by paying towards a parent’s bed in our new building 
  • by funding meals for breast feeding mothers 
  • by contributing towards our multi-faith chaplaincy 
  • by supporting patient families needing help with expenses.


For more information on GOSH, please visit their website or social media channels –
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Instagram.