ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP

Every day more than 600 children and young people from across the UK arrive at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). While the NHS meets the day-to-day running costs, this extraordinary hospital depends on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential.

Families are so important to us here at ASK Italian so our partnership with GOSH Charity feels instinctively right. Together, you, our valued customers along with our brilliant teams have raised more than £1.5 million for GOSH Charity. Our current target for GOSH is to reach £1 million to fund a parent and family accommodation facility at the hospital, which allows families to be together during difficult times, at Christmas and beyond.

pull a cracker for gosh this christmas

 

Throughout these uncertain times, our teams are busy bringing a little bit of Christmas magic to you in our restaurants, and the children and families at GOSH are held closely in our hearts.

The profits from the charity crackers will go towards funding vital family accommodation at GOSH. We’ll be donating the same crackers to families whose children need to continue their treatment at the hospital during the holidays as a small gesture of our support this Christmas time.

Please join us, pull a cracker in support for the children at GOSH and in honour of the teams working around the clock to care for the UK’s most seriously ill children.

Add a cracker to your meal for £2.95*.

*All profits from the crackers will go to GOSH Charity (registered charity 1160024) to fund vital parent and family accommodation at GOSH, with a minimum donation of £10,000. While stocks last. Crackers include 1x joke, 1x paper hat and 1x chocolate which contain dairy, peanuts, hazelnuts and other tree nuts. For more information please see our allergen menu.

EVIE’S STORY

 

Hopefully this will explain better than we ever could just how much your generosity and support means this Christmas and always:

When Evie was three, she was rushed to GOSH where doctors fought to keep her alive as she waited for a heart transplant. Today, mum Nicole expresses her gratitude to the donor family whose selfless decision means Evie is at home this Christmas.

“It was an absolute shock when Evie was diagnosed. We were told that a third of children don’t survive, a third need a heart transplant, and a third can be maintained on medication. We just clung to the hope that she would recover, but her heart was too stretched. Going to GOSH meant that Evie would definitely need a heart transplant.

We lived day by day, hopeful that we’d receive the call, but Evie’s consultants never stopped looking for answers. Her fight for life was matched by the team’s fight for knowledge. While Evie was on Bear ward, we stayed in charity-funded parent accommodation nearby. Being a road away was so reassuring at such a difficult time.

By Christmas time, Evie had been in hospital for nearly seven months. The holidays are a time to make memories and to appreciate that you have each other. The staff at GOSH did everything they could to make Christmas special for us. There were Christmas movie days and the children were given a Christmas tree from the Play team, which we decorated as a big extended family. On Christmas Day, we had a nice dinner in the canteen – memories I will cherish forever.”

stocking appeal

 

As we approach the holidays, GOSH continues to work round the clock to give seriously ill children the best chance of getting home to their families. For those children whose treatment needs to continue over the festive season, they’re trying to bring Christmas to the hospital.

If you want more ways to get involved in giving to GOSH Charity, please consider their Christmas Stocking appeal. Every year, people generously donate to the cause and write lovely messages of support for patients, their families, and staff at GOSH. This year, they’re asking us all to share our messages virtually so we can still send a little bit of magic to everyone at GOSH this Christmas.