great ormond street hospital for children

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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.

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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.