On Tuesday 29th January 2019, a fundraising dinner was hosted by Michael Abel of TPG and Audrey Klein of Corestate to raise vital funds towards an exciting redevelopment project; The Great Ormond Street Hospital Sight and Sound Centre.
The Great Ormond Street Hospital Sight and Sound Centre, supported by Premier Inn, will be the first dedicated medical facility for children with sight and hearing loss in the UK. The brand-new Centre, which is due to open in 2020, has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the thousands of children with sight and hearing loss that visit GOSH each year. The Sight and Sound Centre will, for the first time at GOSH, bring together two closely linked clinical specialities of Audiology and Ophthalmology into one dedicated building. These services represent the largest outpatient group in the hospital. A Grade II listed building will house the centre which will feature state-of-the-art testing equipment, a sensory garden and artwork throughout.
The fundraising dinner saw 18 senior leaders from across the property sector in attendance with guests being treated to a drinks reception and three course meal. Audrey and Michael are long-term supporters of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) and are members of their Corporate Partnerships Board.
Guests, including Richard Betts of Real Asset Media, heard moving speeches from Audrey, Michael as well as Stephanie Williamson, Deputy Director of Redevelopment at GOSH, who spoke about the vital importance of this project and what a difference the new facilities will make to the thousands of children with sight and hearing loss that visit GOSH each year.
Guests also had the opportunity to view a variety of items which were provided by the Ophthalmology team for the evening, including pairs of ‘sim specs’ which mimic particular eye conditions to give a real insight into some of the conditions that affect these young patients.
An impressive £100,000 has since been committed to GOSH Charity, with conversations still ongoing with other attendees to see what more can be done to support this exciting project. With this generous support, the new facility aims to ensure that children with sight and hearing impairments receive world-class clinical care in an environment designed specifically for them.
To find out more about how you can support GOSH Charity and the new Great Ormond Street Hospital Sight and Sound centre, please visit gosh.org