Premier Inn is proud to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

Together with our team members, guests and suppliers we’re helping to make a difference for the most seriously ill children from across the UK who are being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

How we're supporting GOSH

Every day, 618 children and young people from across the UK arrive at GOSH. Every day, young lives hang in the balance as patients, families and staff battle the most complex illnesses.

Every day, the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs that change the lives of thousands of children.

Despite the greatest challenges a child can face, the hospital is a place where being sick does not always mean being sad. And it’s a place where you’ll find – today and every day - some of the bravest people you could ever meet.

Premier Inn has been proudly supporting this incredible hospital since 2012, when we pledged to raise £7.5 million towards a brand new medical facility at the hospital, the Premier Inn Clinical Building named in honour of our partnership.

In 2017, team members voted overwhelmingly in favour of continuing our partnership and we pledged to raise an further £10 million towards a new Sight and Sound Centre.

GOSH to open state of the art centre for children with hearing and sight loss

This autumn, with the support of Premier Inn and Restaurants, Great Ormond Street Hospital will begin construction of their brand new Sight and Sound Centre. Due to open in 2020, the centre will be the first dedicated medical facility for children with sight and hearing loss in the UK.

With more than 8,000 patients each year – plus 25,000 patient visits – children with sight and hearing conditions make up the hospital’s largest outpatient group. The new centre will include specialist facilities such as soundproofed booths and eye-imaging suites, as well as a specially-designed sensory garden for children to enjoy. Unique artwork with bespoke sensory elements will also be displayed throughout the hospital, thanks to the in-house arts programme GOSH Arts.

Fundraising towards the £25m project has already begun, with a £10 million pledge from Premier Inn and Restaurants – we also recently raised £7.5 million for the hospital’s new Premier Inn Clinical Building, which opened earlier this year.

Alison Brittain, CEO of Whitbread added: “We’re delighted to be supporting this ground-breaking and unique new project at Great Ormond Street Hospital. We have been proud supporters of this very special hospital since 2012 and have seen first-hand the extraordinary difference being made to the lives of the young children and families receiving treatment there.”

The Premier Inn Clinical Building was officially opened by HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge,
17th January 2018.

How The Premier Inn Clinical Building is making a difference

Some of GOSH’s oldest buildings were constructed in the 1930s. These wards were cramped and gloomy and lacked basic facilities. There weren’t enough toilets and bathrooms, and there was barely enough room for a parent to stay by their child’s bedside overnight.

As a global centre of excellence in childhood medicine, GOSH needed facilities to match its expertise. It needed more space, privacy and comfort for children and their families. And it needed facilities that made it easier, not harder, for staff to do their jobs. GOSH also needed extra space to cope with more patients, as admissions and appointments increase year on year.

The new Premier Inn Clinical Building has meant that children have been able to move out of the old facilities into brand new, modern wards with en-suite bathrooms. Parents can stay comfortably with their child overnight while they are being cared for at GOSH.

The Premier Inn Clinical Building is made up of seven floors and covers eight clinical areas: Cardiac, Surgery, Respiratory, Rheumatology, Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Neurology, Dermatology and MRI/Nuclear Medicine. All the wards are named after an animal, chosen by the children at GOSH. Patients can now sleep alongside a giant pelican on Level 7, or meet a spotted leopard patrolling the corridors of Level 2.

Helping children like Amelie and Alec

Case study: Amelie

13-year-old Amelie was 18 months old when she was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), a rare disease that affects an estimated 12,000 children in the UK, causing their joints to swell and stiffen. Amelie has spent time at many hospitals in her life but her mum Caroline thinks GOSH is unique. She says:

"GOSH have been incredible. I don't know what I'd do without the nurses on Pelican Ward, they are kind and caring. They have supported us both through tears, made us laugh and entertained through the hours we spend at hospital several days a week. They provide support in so many ways - they have arranged therapy for her which has been a huge help, especially when she is struggling with pain.”

Alec's story

In 2017, eight-year-old Alec was diagnosed with TRAPS, an incredibly rare disease that causes pain in his joints and muscles. Alec is being treated on the new Pelican Ward. Katie, Alec’s mum says:

“The new ward is just fantastic. The playroom is massive and they’ve got more up-to-date toys so Alec won’t get bored. It’s been great for the parents because you can have five minutes to yourself while they’re in the playroom. It takes a lot of stress off. I think all the donors who helped fund the building are marvellous. If I had them here now I’d give them a big hug and say ‘What you’ve done is brilliant. You’ve made being here less of a hospital experience for children and more of a home from home.”

Bernard Bear

Look out for our lovely cuddly bear called Bernard in our hotels which you can buy and 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.