Sunday, 3 December saw the annual Santa Dash in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Our team – Rita, Chris and Jack from the Nine Elms office – did the 10k route around Clapham Common, raising £456 for GOSH.
Rita, the driving force behind Henry Wiltshire’s participation in the event, had a great time! “It was loads of fun, and for such a good cause,” she says. “A charity fun run isn’t about getting to the finish in the fastest time; it’s about raising money and enjoying yourself in the process!”
Many people at the Santa Dash were running or walking the route to support or remember particular GOSH patients. Many former GOSH patients were also taking part, and Rita and the team walked with them, listening to their stories and learning more about the work of the hospital.
Rita, Chris and Jack were three of over 2000 people taking part in the event. There were well-supported by the rest of Henry Wiltshire, with donations pouring in from London and the international offices alike.
While the Santa Dash is an annual event, this year the money raised will fund play therapy at Great Ormond Street. The play therapy team provide activities to aid children’s treatment, recovery and understanding of their illness, making their hospital experience as stress-free as possible.
Like all UK hospitals, Great Ormond Street receives NHS funding, but depends on charitable donations to carry out its specialist work. Children come from all over the world for treatment – a constant reminder of GOSH’s international importance.
Sponsorship is still open at time of writing, and you can give money through out team’s page. You can also donate directly to Great Ormond Street through their website.
We’re all very proud of our team of Santas – their achievement on Sunday has raised money for an excellent cause. A huge thank you for all the generous donations, which will help GOSH provide the level of care every child deserves.