Whether we’re racing beds through the streets or selling cuddly bears in our hotels, everyone at Premier Inn, including our guests, gets behind our number one charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Great Ormond Street Hospital, or GOSH as it’s fondly known, is the UK’s leading centre for treating seriously ill children. Not only do they do an amazing job of looking after sick children on the wards, but they carry out pioneering research into new treatments and cures for various rare, complex and life-threatening conditions.
Back in 2012, we pledged to raise £7.5 million for GOSH, specifically to help fund a new state-of-the-art medical wing, which we’re proud to say will be called the Premier Inn Clinical Building. It’s part of the hospital’s ongoing programme to redevelop some of its oldest buildings and replace outdated wards with cutting-edge facilities.
Thanks to your incredible generosity and support, we’ve hit the £7 million milestone in our £7.5 million pledge for Great Ormond Street Hospital. We're almost there - but we still need your help to reach our target.
We’re always thinking of creative ways to fundraise, from a London to Paris bike ride to a B-Festival with bouncy castles. We even held our first ever skydive day where 45 of our brave team members took the plunge, raising an incredible £30,000 for GOSH.
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve reached the £6 million milestone of our £7.5 million pledge towards the Premier Inn Clinical Building at Great Ormond Street Hospital, due to open in 2017.
We held a north vs south bed push in September, where our various hotel teams ‘ran’ a race by pushing Premier Inn kingsize beds (on wheels) through the streets of Blythe and Nottingham, with a finale in London.
We’ve got a lovely cuddly bear called Bernard in our hotels, and you can buy your own to take home to bed. Bernard costs £10 and all profits are being donated to GOSH. Just pop him on your room bill when you check out.
Meet six-year-old Herb, the face of October's National Charity Week 2015. At 13 months old, he was diagnosed with meningitis. A year later, he became unwell with an empyema (collapsed lung) and was transferred to GOSH. Tests revealed a rare syndrome called NEMO deficiency, which severely affects the immune system and explained why he was often ill.
When Herb fell sick yet again, an X-ray showed myca-bacteria on his lungs. A bone marrow transplant was Herb’s only option. He got one at GOSH from his older brother Rufus, who was invited to push the button to start the transfusion!
After ten long weeks in an isolation unit on Robin Ward, Herb is finally back at home and enjoying school with his friends.