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.

On Tuesday, whilst at Great Ormond Street Hospital getting treatment,
Ollie and Amelia got a very special personal visit from Prince Harry. 
For an hour Prince Harry sat with us talking and playing with our children, laughing and making memories. The very thing our children want the most in life, to be happy and having fun. We feel so much pride knowing that Ollie and Amelia are touching the life’s of the people they meet, with their love and their strength. The love, the support and the laughter within that treatment room on Tuesday will stay with us forever. From the bottom of our hearts we thank Prince Harry for his support, his time and his kindness towards our family and our journey with Batten Disease. It was truly incredible to watch him with our children and to have the opportunity to talk with him about our journey with Battens.

Prince Harry made a surprise visit to the Hospital where Ollie and Amelia were getting treatment, after their mother wrote to the Prince to let him know her children were garanted their treatments.
UK Parliament: Prime Minister to allow Charlie Gard to go to the USA
"What do we want? We the undersigned call on the Prime Minister to help release Charlie Gard from the care of Great Ormond Street Hospital so that he can undergo treatment in another hospital of his family’s choosing. On April 11th 2017 a high court judge ruled that Charlie’s parents be stripped...

Charlie Gard was born perfectly healthy on the 4th August 2016. He was admitted to hospital at 8 weeks old and was diagnosed with a devastating disease called Mitochondrial Depletion Syndrome. Charlie’s condition is caused by disruption in the mitochondria, the part of the cell that provides energy to his muscles, kidneys and brain.

After seemingly endless research and speaking to doctors all over the world, Charlie’s parents found a doctor in the US who has been treating children with similar types of Mitochondrial Depletion Syndrome using something called Nucleoside Bypass Therapy. Nucleoside Bypass Therapy could potentially repair Charlie’s mtDNA and help it synthesize again by giving him the naturally occurring compounds that his body isn’t able to produce, it’s a non-harmful, non-invasive oral medication.

Charlie Gard has been accepted by doctors in the US and with funds having been raised we now need permission to remove Charlie Gard from the care of Great Ormond Street Hospital where doctors want to move him on to palliative care. Charlie’s parents have spent over 3,000 hours at his bedside and know him better than anyone else. They are absolutely convinced he is not in pain. When he feels their presence, he opens his eyes as much as he can and they do not believe he is blind.

High Court judge Mr Justice Francis ruled that in all ‘likelihood’ Charlie had suffered severe and irreversible brain damage and there was little hope the treatment could achieve ‘anything positive for him. We do not believe that ‘in all likelihood’ is a strong enough reason to sentence Charlie to death. Charlie’s parents know his sleep/wake cycle and can wake him up by tickling his feet and soothe him to sleep by stroking his head. If his parents thought there was absolutely no hope they would not be fighting.

We need to change things and show how determined parents can forge a path for other families encountering similar obstacles. We need to find treatments for incurable diseases. We need to give other people hope. We need to start saving lives starting with Charlie Gard.”

And even if the damage to the baby’s brain is irreversible, a) he is a human being, and as such has a right to live, b) by taking the parenting rights away from his parents, the judge sentenced the baby to death.

@nonsenseandstuff, @autismserenity, @allois-transy


Peter Pan

51 in x of animated feature film history
Release: Feb. 5th, 1953
Country: USA
Director: Clyde Geromini, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

“Peter Pan, one of Walt Disney’s favorite stories, is based on the 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. Peter Pan is the final Disney animated feature released through RKO before Walt Disney’s founding of his own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution, later in 1953 after the film was released. Peter Pan is also the final Disney film in which all nine members of Disney’s Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators. 

The film begins in the London nursery of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling, where the three children are visited by Peter Pan. With the help of his tiny friend, the fairy Tinkerbell, Peter takes the three children on a magical flight to Never Land. This enchanted island is home to Peter, Tink, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and her Native American nation, and the scheming Captain Hook who is as intent on defeating Peter Pan as he is from escaping a tick-tocking crocodile.

Peter Pan was originally intended to be Disney’s second film after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. However he could not get the rights until four years later, after he came to an arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, to whom Barrie had bequeathed the rights to the play. The studio started the story development and character designs in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and intended it to be his fourth film, after Snow White, Bambi and Pinocchio.

During this time Disney explored many possibilities of how the story could be interpreted. In the earliest version of the story, the film started by telling Peter Pan’s back story. Walt also explored opening the film in Neverland and Peter Pan coming to Wendy’s house to kidnap her as a mother for the Lost Boys. Eventually, Disney decided that the kidnapping was too dark. In another version of the film, Nana went to Neverland with Pan and the Darling children, and the story was told through her eyes. In other interpretations of the story John Darling was left behind for being too serious, practical and boring.

It was not until 1947, as the studio’s financial health started to improve again after WWII, that the actual production of Peter Pan commenced, even though Roy O. Disney did not think that Peter Pan would have much box office appeal.\

Milt Kahl, the supervising animator of Peter Pan and The Darling Children, claimed that the hardest thing to animate was a character floating in mid air.

Rumor has it that Tinker Bell’s design was based on Marilyn Monroe, but in reality her design was based on Tinker Bell’s live-action reference model, Margaret Kerry. Margaret Kerry posed for reference film shots on a sound stage; the footage was later used by supervising Tinker Bell animator Marc Davis and his team when they drew the character. Like Kerry, Bobby Driscoll was both the live-action reference model, mainly used for the close-up scenes, and the voice actor for Peter Pan. Peter’s flying and action reference shots, however, were provided by dancer and choreographer Roland Dupree. Similarly, Hans Conried, the voice of both Captain Hook and Mr. Darling, also performed the live-action reference footage for those characters (it was one of the few elements left over from the play, that Hook and Mr. Darling were played by the same actor). 

The film was a commercial success and was also the highest-grossing film of 1953. In 1955, it was reported that the film had earned $7 million against its budget of $4 million. Peter Pan was praised by most critics during its initial release. The New York Times gave the film a mixed review, praising the animation itself, but also declaring that the film was not really true to the spirit of the original Barrie play. Walt Disney himself was dissatisfied with the finished product, feeling that the character of Peter Pan was cold and unlikable. However, experts on J.M. Barrie praise this as a success, as they insist that Pan was originally written to be a heartless sociopath.

Peter Pan has been seen as racist in recent years due to the way Disney portrayed the Native American “Indians” in the film. They are displayed as wild, savage, violent and speak in a stereotypical way. These stereotypes are present in J. M. Barrie’s play. Marc Davis, one of the supervising animators of the film, said in an interview years after the production that ‘I’m not sure we would have done the Indians if we were making this movie now. And if we had we wouldn’t do them the way we did back then.’”



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.

anonymous asked:

Is he known for his kindness in hollywood

Short answer? Yes
Long answer? Let’s google it!

  • Johnny Depp Charity Work, Events and Causes [x]
  • Johnny Depp visits kids at a children’s hospital in Brisbane.
    He spends time talking with his fans. He seems to be very respectful to his fans by greeting the fans and signing autographs in full Jack Sparrow costume. [x]

That from someone who doesn’t like being a celebrity. PR some may say. Does it matter if it brings happiness to his fans?

  • After 9-year-old Beatrice wrote to Depp asking him to assist in throwing a mutiny over her teachers, the actor showed up to the London primary school to do just that. Only he told the kids to stay at school and learn. [x]

Maybe we shouldn’t mutiny today ‘cos there are police outside monitoring me.”’

  • Back in 2009, Season 2 of the popular TV show This American Life approached Depp to voice the thoughts of an American male who was unable to read them himself. [x]

“Who should we get for your voice?” he said, “Ed Norton or Johnny Depp.” It was kind of a throwaway. But Norton was in New York, and I figured he was a good guy, so we went to him, and he turned us down cold. [Laughs.] Three weeks before filming ended, the network president, Bob Greenblatt, said, “Have you tried Johnny Depp?” And we said, “No, no, no. Oh my God.” We didn’t think we had a chance. … But we got his manager’s number, called and heard back in five minutes. I explained it as easily as I could and pasted [Mike’s lines] into an e-mail. And I made it clear we weren’t doing the sad cripple story. That made sense to Johnny; it took him all of 5 or 10 minutes to do the lines. It was the easiest “get” ever.“

  • Sixteen-year-old  Courtney Crowell meeting Johnny Depp and Tim Burton due to Make-A-Wish Foundation [x]
  • After the production staff were affected by cold weather while filming at Buckinghamshire’s Pinewood Studios, Depp stepped in to provide waterproof hiking jackets for everyone, The Sun reports.A crew member said: ”Johnny paid out of his own pocket for all 500 of us to have a nice warm waterproof.“It’s a great morale boost and another example of why he is one of the nicest people in Hollywood.”  [x]
  • Johnny and Eddie Vetter at the Voices for Justice rally in LIttle Rock, Arkansas, Johnny was trying to bring attention to the wrongly imprisoned men known as the “West Memphis Three” Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley.  [x]
  • Hollywood star Johnny Depp has paid tribute to the London hospital that saved his daughter’s life - by donating a massive £1 [some sources say it’s 2 million in total] million out of his own pocket.  [x] &  [x]
  • Johnny donated a guitar autographed by Captain Jack Sparrow for little Gray! The boy Grayson Alexander Arroyo, now 16, was born in 2000, and in 2006 was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  he and his family struggle against the disease.  [x]
  • Johnny Depp, has brought cheer to the final days of a young boy’s life.  [x]

Mr. Depp actively supports the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (CHPCC) as well as the Helen & Douglas House.  Both of these UK organizations provide respite for children and their families as they live through difficult times and the journey of losing a child.  In 2006, Depp was honored by the Children’s Hospital of in Los Angeles with a “Courage to Care” philanthropy award.  He donated $2 million [see above] to the Great Ormond Street Hospital after successfully treating his daughter Lily-Rose for an Ecoli infection threatening to cause her kidney damage.  Depp’s sincerity in charitable acts inspired a group of fans to establish “Johnny’s Angels” in 2007.  The group is dedicated to raising awareness of child health issues and they raise funds for CHPCC.[x]

  • Johnny Depp recently [2013] donated $25,000 to the Navajo Nation to be used for college scholarships.  [x]

“Mr. Depp’s generous donation is anything but paltry, since it can assist the cost of post-secondary education for many, many students. It is a very kind gesture from an unselfish individual.”


All of Johnny’s fans […]will be delighted but not surprised to hear that he’s just about the nicest guy on the goddamn planet. He’s generous, considerate, modest, brave, intelligent, good-hearted, creative, funny, gentle, wise, loving, loyal, hard-working, and almost unbearably cool.
Gregory David Roberts

“No less important, it seemed to me, was the way that he brought so much affectionate communication to every other actor in each scene, and extended that warmth to every member of the crew. It was a happy, positive set, and I put that down to Johnny’s art, and his good heart, and to the sensitive brilliance of his friend, the wonderful Tim Burton.
Gregory David Roberts

“We were like kids on the beach. Johnny gives a lot, and he knows how to listen. I really had his eyes, you know. Very pure, very special.”
Geraldine Pailhas

“If you talk to the people who work with Depp—like Marc Forster, the director of Finding Neverland, Kate Winslet, others on the small-budget British movie The Libertine in which he plays the mad, bad Earl of Rochester—they will all say the same thing. Depp is quiet, kind and funny. And he hates being a movie star[…] He strikes you as a very gentle soul.
—Martyn Palmer
journalist, in a 2004 interview

“He’s the star, but he’s always running around asking if you need water or anything. And not just with me, but with the crew. He asks them if he can help carry cable.”
Sarah Jessica Parker
Ed Wood costar, Los Angeles Times, 1993

He was so concerned that I was all right with it, he would ring me all the time and say ‘Would you do this or would you say that?’  And then when it was finished he refused to go and see it until I could go with him.  Most actors wouldn’t care; they would just grab the money and run.  But he’s not like that.”
Joe Pistone
the real Donnie Brasco, Boulevard Magazine, April 1997

“Johnny developed a strange empathy for my position during filming. I had a trailer that was a lot smaller than his. He demanded that I would get one that was at least as big as his. I was lying in the back of an ambulance that took me back to the nearest town, when I saw an incredible convoy with their headlights on: it was the trailer.”
Jean Rochefort
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote co-star, 2003

Someone like Johnny is a great team leader … it’s great not to have a diva. It’s great to have someone who’s very laid-back, very playful … he’s probably the only person who dares to ad-lib. A lot of what he throws in makes it into the final mix. Jack Sparrow is some crazy part of Johnny’s brain.
Geoffrey Rush

“Johnny was doing two other movies at the same time, but he showed up in the middle of all that. And, he wouldn’t let me pay for anything, either. I mean he worked for free, and he said just put it on the screen.
Julian Schnabel director Before Night Falls

“On set, Depp projects a warm, gentle kindness and accessibility that mark him as the true Kentucky gentleman and terrifically devoted family man that he is. His natural charisma also illuminated the proceedings with a special light that created a unique atmosphere whenever he was working. Or, is that Captain Jack Sparrow’s charisma? Because in the middle of a workday, it was impossible for anyone—perhaps himself least of all—to know where Johnny Depp ended and Captain Jack began, and vice versa. For the nearly two-year period between the start of production on Dead Man’s Chest to the final wrap of At World’s End, Johnny Depp’s smile was the same as Captain Jack’s, with the character’s trademark gold and silver teeth bonded onto his own.”
Michael Singer
Unit Publicist for the second two Pirates movies, and author of Bring Me That Horizon

“Johnny is so totally different from most actors. He really likes who he is, and he is really secure in that. He treats people the way he wants to be treated. That’s why we all stay with him.”
Kenn Smiley
Don Juan deMarco wardrobe person, Vogue, September 1994

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So, yeah he’s known for his kindness in Hollywood.

This was a quick research. Anyone interested will be able to find much much more about Johnny Depp’s kindness.


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Rupert Grint is our King

In 2002 Rupert visited Tony Chapman, a Harry Potter fan who lived near Rupert and had been diagnosed with leukemia. “I saw it in the paper when I came back from school one day and seeing that he was a big fan of Harry Potter I wondered if there was anything I could do” said Rupert. The two engrossed themselves in the latest Harry Potter game that Tony had been perfecting all week. As they played on the computer console they talked about the scariest parts of the new film. Rupert’ s mum, Jo, drove him from their home in Hertford and was obviously touched, often having to hold back tears as she spoke with Tony’ s mum and dad. She explained: “They live in the same area, they are the same age and hearing that Tony wanted to see the film so badly, he just wanted to see if he could do anything. Just to see him, talk to him on the phone, just to be his friend, really.” Tony, who was diagnosed with the disease at five, died in the early hours of Tuesday morning.The Friday before, Rupert paid a visit to Tony, spending the afternoon talking, joking and playing computer games with him.

Rupert  has become an Ambassador for Starlight Children’ s Foundation which grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK. In 2014 Rupert was able to attend Starlight’ s annual Children’ s Christmas Party at No 11 Downing Street, which was hosted for the charity by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP. During the party, Rupert helped to make the dearest wish of one of his young fans, 9 year old Callum Wilson, come true. Callum, who comes from Falkirk, suffers from a serious condition called neurofibromatosis, which causes tumours to grow along his nerves. As a result of his illness, Callum has to spend lots of time in hospital but his love of Harry Potter and his favourite character, Ron Weasley, helps to cheer him up during the long months of treatment. Meeting Rupert was truly a dream come true for Callum. The actor made sure that he had come prepared for the special meeting with Callum, bringing chocolate frogs, a broomstick, Gryffindor robes and mounds of Bertie Bott’ s Every Flavour Beans for the brave Harry Potter fan! After spending some time with Callum chatting about Harry Potter, Rupert then met some of the other young guests at the party and their families.

In 2015 Rupert gave spontaneously a signed broomstick to Sohana Collins who has a very severe genetic skin condition called Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB).

During the weekend from 10 to 12 November 2011, Rupert joined his Harry Potter co-stars at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando to celebrate the release of the DVD and BluRay for the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. While he was there, he took a family on a tour of the park who had lost their mother during childbirth, sharing butterbeer and joining them on the coaster rides as part of Noel Edmund’ s Noel’ s Christmas Presents.

In 2016 Rupert supported “Give Kids The World” (79-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort located near Central Florida’ s most beloved attractions). As an ambassador for Starlight Children’ s Foundation, it already meant so much to him knowing that children with life-threatening illnesses were coming to the Village and experiencing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Orlando Resort). And so, he stopped by. He saw the smiles, the laughter, the piles of ice cream and the beauty of families enjoying much-needed time with one another.

On 16 December 2008, Rupert and his Harry-Potter co-star Tom Felton visited Great Ormond Street Hospital’ s Christmas Spectacular Party along with other celebrities to greet and play games with the young patients.

“Rupert was lovely enough to meet with my son a few years back through the Starlight charity. He is in remission from a cancerous brain tumour and still doing well! He needs lots of rehab but we are so lucky to have him still with us after 2 years in hospital…it’ s a memory we will treasure forever and something for Owen to boast to his friends about (he is now 8).”

- Lauretta (Owen’ s mum)