The Play Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital
The Play Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital strive to bring a sense of fun into every child’s stay. They work incredibly hard throughout the year to help patients maintain some normality and ensure children don’t miss out on being children. As well as bringing smiles and laughter, the role of the Play Team is crucial to a patient’s treatment at the hospital - preparing them for procedures and giving them the tools to cope with what is about to happen to them. Often it is the Play Team members (among other staff) who build the strongest relationships with patients, giving the child someone they can talk to and ask the questions they are often too scared to ask. Donations will go directly towards funding a member of the Play Team and will help make a real difference to patients and their families during very difficult times.
Tell us about Great Ormond Street Hospital…
“Great Ormond Street Hospital provides world-class care to thousands of children every year. It is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals and is home to the broadest range of dedicated children’s healthcare specialists in the country. The hospital treats children with the rarest, most complex and life-threatening illnesses from all across the UK, often when they are too poorly to be treated at their local hospital.”
And what does Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity do?
“The charity needs to raise at least £50 million each year to support the vital work of the hospital and to help give hope to very sick children and their families. While the NHS funds the day-to-day running costs of the hospital, the charity raises funds in four key areas: essential redevelopment of the hospital buildings, pioneering research, innovative equipment and welfare services, including play and accommodation. With your help, we can continue to put the child first and always.”