GREAT Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) patients, families, staff and celebrity supporters were among over 3,300 participants taking part in the first-ever virtual RBC Race for the Kids, which raised an estimated £450,000 for GOSH Charity.
Following the cancellation of the event that usually takes place in London’s Hyde Park back in June, GOSH Charity instead encouraged people to take on their own ‘race’ distance in their local neighbourhoods, parks or gardens, raising money to support seriously ill children from across the UK.
The virtual event was open to supporters of all ages and abilities, with people being urged to run, jog, walk or scoot around their local communities in support of all the children being treated at GOSH. In the absence of the event village which people usually visit in Hyde Park, participants were instead able to enjoy a virtual festival hub on GOSH Charity’s website, filled with fun arts and crafts activities, delicious recipes and special celebrity shout-outs.
Created by Royal Bank of Canada, the RBC Global Race for the Kids on 17 and 18 October brought together tens of thousands of participants to support 36 children’s and youth charities over 130 countries – GOSH Charity was thrilled to be the UK charity beneficiary and the money raised will go towards funding the hospital’s most urgent needs, including research into pioneering new treatments, cutting-edge medical equipment, support services for children and their families, and the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital.
Louise Parkes, Chief Executive of GOSH Charity, said:
“This weekend, we were absolutely thrilled to see over 3000 supporters from across the country take on their own races, all in support of GOSH Charity. Although we weren’t able to be together in Hyde Park like we usually would, it still felt like such a special event with everyone coming together virtually to support the Hospital. These last few months have been very challenging for the charity sector as a whole, and, at a time when the hospital needs our support more than ever, it was inspiring to see people coming together to help seriously ill children from across the UK who are treated at GOSH. We are extremely grateful to everyone who took part and for all their fundraising efforts.”
Dave Thomas, CEO, RBC Capital Markets, Europe, added:
“I’m delighted that Royal Bank of Canada has found a way to continue our partnership with GOSH Charity for this year’s RBC Race for the Kids. The global pandemic is having a huge impact on many aspects of our lives, so it was heart-warming to see so many RBC employees, friends, family and members of the public coming together for our first virtual event to show their continued support for some of the UK’s most critically ill children and their families.”
Over the last 10 years, RBC Race for the Kids has raised over £6million for GOSH Charity, helping to make a difference to the lives of seriously ill children from across the UK.
For more information about the event please visit: gosh.org/raceforthekids