BASTF Co-founder Bob shares his thoughts on our visit to GOSH to present a donation from our Charity Golf Day…..
An eclectic mix of buildings, a welcoming interior but a serious underlying sense of purpose – that was my first impression of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Built on a real passion for the welfare of children but supported by the generosity of many thousands of donors.
We met with the team at GOSH charity headquarters and were given a warm welcome – they were so grateful for any support whether big or small; and it was evident that the support teams are so passionate about what they do.
Danny and myself presented the cheque to the team – it felt good… but it was the next hour that would confirm that BASTFs efforts had gone to a very worthwhile cause.
The hospital was a hive of activity with worried parents, hard working doctors and nurses, amazing support staff, volunteers and of course the children. So much thought has been put into the makeup of the buildings, whether new or old to make the children feel more comfortable, but to remain a fully functional hospital – even the clinical smell has been intelligently removed and replaced with something more comforting.
The children are distracted from their day to day problems through play, illuminated lifts, an in house school and even an LED wall that lights up in the form of animals as the children are taken to theatre. The hospital continues to strive towards medical excellence, investing in research and development and acquiring the finest scientific brains from around the world.
Nothing is more moving than seeing a child return from major surgery surrounded by a team of doctors and wrapped in bandages and monitoring equipment. But with GOSH you are very aware that child and her parents will receive the very best care.
BASTF is so grateful for everyone’s generosity at the golf day and we are even more determined to make a larger contribution next year.