Photographs courtesy of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

The Hearts In Harmony team are delighted to be supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) into 2018, raising vital funds for cardiac equipment including lifesaving defibrillators at the hospital. We wanted to share a few interesting facts with you about Great Ormond Street Hospital:

In 1852, Dr Charles West founded Great Ormond Street Hospital because he believed that sick and poor children deserved the same level of care as any other child. Now in present day, the specialist children’s hospital still aims to provide a high level of care to all its UK and international patients.

GOSH is currently the largest paediatric centre for many services in the UK, providing care for some of the sickest children in the country. The world renowned medical institution is a joint force with the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health; making UCL their official research partner.

When it comes to matters of the heart, GOSH was the first to pioneer a heart and lung bypass machine for children in 1962. This spurred the hospital to start a heart transplant programme in 1988, which has since performed over 540 successful heart and lung transplants, including the case of twenty-three day old patient Sarah Cox, who became the youngest heart transplant survivor at GOSH, in 2009. The hospital is the largest centre for child heart surgery in the UK and one of the largest heart transplant centres for children in the world.

We are proud to call Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity our charity of choice. We are determined to fundraise as much as possible, to support seriously ill children from across the UK. We will be raising funds for specialist heart equipment such as defibrillators to help children who go into cardiac arrest.

For more information or to donate to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity please visit: gosh.org .

Written by Elizabeth Pascka