Join The Big Play Date With Great Ormond Street Hospital

    Host a Big Play Date and help Great Ormond Street Hospital while keeping the kids entertained this Summer.


    From 6 to 13 July this year, you have the chance to make a difference by joining the Big Play Date. While hosting a play date for your little ones and their friends, you can also fundraise for a worthy cause, supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Play team, funded by GOSH Charity.

    With the weather finally warming up, you may be planning those long summer days, filled with barbeques, trips to the park and beach days out. However, you’d also be forgiven for slightly freaking out about how to keep your brood entertained during the school summer holidays. Thankfully, GOSH have stepped in with some top tips to keep the kids entertained, all the while supporting a good cause.

    Play your way for a good cause

    Whether you choose to invite one friend or forty you can hold your play date wherever you want – whether at home with colouring sets. or park-bashes with piñatas. Having signed up for free, an activity pack sent over by GOSH Charity allows your child to confirm a date.

    Credit: iStock c/o GOSH


    Parents can invite playmates and family friends, while fundraising in a number of different ways – asking invitees to donate a small sum, requesting a donation per activity, or using their collection box found in the nifty activity pack. What better way to salve your conscience before an indulgent summer holiday.

    Why host your own Big Play Date

    Play is a transformative experience for the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital – not only giving them the laughs that brighten their days but also giving them a say in their own treatment and lives. The upcoming week offers more fun than a barrel of monkeys for your child and their friends, whilst helping the seriously ill children at GOSH have a more positive experience in the hospital.

    Here’s how the Big Play Date works:

    1. Sign up for free and you’ll be sent a Big Play Date activity pack to help your children put their stamp on their play date.
    2. Choose your preferred date between 6-13 July and send out the invites. Whether it’s one friend or forty, at home or in the park, it’s up to you how to host your play date.
    3. Fundraise in any way you like. You could consider asking guests to make a small donation to the event, use the collection box in your activity pack or set up donations for each activity.

    NB: Donation(s) received in relation to the Big Play Date event(s) will fund the Play Services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust. The target for this appeal is to raise £12,150. If additional donations are received above our target and/or the needs of the hospital or patients change, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity reserve the right to redirect funds for use against the hospital’s most urgent needs. 

    For more information and to sign up to the Big Play Date, visit the GOSH website.

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