great ormond street hospital for children


February 14th 1852: Great Ormond Street hospital founded

On this day in 1852, the Great Ormond Street Hopsital for Sick Children opened in London. In the mid-nineteenth century, despite high child mortality rates, there was little professional medical help available for children, with many parents opting to care for their children themselves. Dr. Charles West identified this problem, and drew attention to childhood diseases in a series of lectures. It was Dr. West who fought for the opening of Great Ormond Street, the first hospital of its kind in the UK. When the hospital first opened its doors, it had only ten beds, and was led by the matron Frances Willey. Great Ormond Street struggled financially in its first years, but in 1858 it was saved when famed author Charles Dickens gave a public reading of A Christmas Carol to raise money for the hospital. With Dickens’s money, the hospital could expand and increase its bed capacity to 75. In the years that followed, Great Ormond Street further expanded and attracted notable patrons who wanted to support its work. Most famously, in 1929 the author J.M. Barrie donated the copyright to his creation Peter Pan to the hospital, which has provided the hospital with a steady income. Great Ormond Street is a British institution, and continues to have a worldwide reputation for patient care.


Alan Ricman’s draw.

Благотворительный арт-проект Face Britain.

Средства пошли поддержку фонда The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts

Рисунок был нарисован для аукциона на Ebay. Это аукцион авторских пасхальных яиц. Рисунок Алана участвовал в марте-апреле 2006 года.

Благотворительная акция, организованная всемирно известной детской больницей «Great Ormond Street Hospital».


May 9th 1860: J.M. Barrie born

On this day in 1860, the Scottish author and playwright James Matthew Barrie - best known for his creation of Peter Pan - was born in Scotland. Originally a play entitled Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, which later became the novel Peter and Wendy, these stories featured an ageless boy and his friend Wendy as they had adventures in ‘Neverland’ and encountered the villainous Captain Hook. Barrie, who moved to London to pursue his writing career, was inspired to write this most famous work by his relationship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Whilst Barrie wrote other plays and novels, the adventures of Peter Pan remain his most famous, and earned him numerous honours in his lifetime including some bestowed by King George V. Before his death, Barrie gave the rights to Peter Pan to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. Barrie died in London on June 19th 1937, aged seventy-seven.


Princess Beatrice at Oscar’s book Prize 2016 Reception

Right after the Chelsea Flower show; On may 23 2016. Princess Beatrice  dashed off to announce the winner of Oscar’s book Prize. HRH gave a speech and  she presented Ms Merino with a £5,000 cheque at a reception. Which Princess Beatrice was also on the judging panel. The book prize is set up in memory of Oscar Ashton, the son of Evening Standard columnist James Ashton. He died in 2012 at the age of three from an undetected heart condition. Oscar’s book prize donated 300 books to hospitals  in memory of  James Ashton’s son Oscar Ashton. One of the hospitals which benefited from the books was Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.  A Hospital which Princess Beatrice has shown her support to in the past.