Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) is a Trust we work closely with in a corporate sense, and one which does fantastic work through their charitable arm the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. GOSH is dedicated to children’s healthcare and to finding new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses. This festive season, our Hunter Healthcare team felt driven to momentarily put aside the pressures of their own busy Christmas schedules to support the work of the charity, the hospital and the patients they support.
Hamleys Toy Store is a name synonymous with fun, joy and childhood wonder, and never is this more true than during the special Christmas season. Sadly this festive season some of the children currently staying at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) were not well enough to make their own way to Hamleys, which is why our team decided to take it upon themselves to bring a little bit of that Hamleys magic to them.
Our Hunter Healthcare family were tasked with channelling their inner child, after being given a brief asking them to buy gifts for the children of GOSH on Hunter’s behalf. After being let loose in the store to let their imaginations run wild, our team brought the gifts they had purchased to the Great Ormond Street Charity for distribution to hospitalised children and children’s wards.
We hope these gifts bring joy and fun to hospitalised children and their families this Christmas. Our team is very grateful to have had the opportunity to support the work of the GOSH hospital and charity.
Thank you to Hamleys Oxford Street for hosting our Hunter team and sharing in our support of this wonderful cause. If you too would like to support the fantastic work of the Great Ormond Street Charity, more information can be found here: https://www.gosh.org/
Here at Hunter everything we do is underpinned by our five key company values. One of these values is Do Right – driving us to do right by each other, by our clients, by our candidates and also by our local neighbours. One such neighbour, located across the road from our London office, is the Covent Garden Pantry food bank.
Covent Garden Pantry is a partnership between the Covent Garden Community Centre @ Seven Dials Club, Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust and The Phoenix Garden. The food bank is a community-run initiative, set up as a response to the Cost of Living crisis. It is designed to meet the immediate need of people in the Holborn and Covent Garden area in need of food and hygiene products.
In the spirit of the festive season and to support this fantastic work, last week a group of Hunter staff members gathered together to put together food hampers of donated items to be given to the Covent Garden Pantry food bank initiative. These hampers were assembled to meet the needs of those struggling in the area, with our team specifically focusing on what might bring extra cheer and relieve some stress during the busy Christmas time. Essential items such as tea, spreads and canned goods were included as well as sweet treats such as chocolates to help spread some joy at what can otherwise be a difficult time of year for some.
In what truly became a neighbourhood effort, The Shaftesbury Theatre very kindly allowed us to use their facilities as a space to put together the hampers, free of charge. We are incredibly grateful for this very compassionate gesture. Once the hampers were complete, our team delivered these to the Covent Garden Pantry to be distributed to the local community.
The overwhelming response from our Hunter team members was around how rewarding it was to take time away from the busyness of our own personal lives to be able to do something for those in need, and we are very grateful to have had the opportunity to engage in an activity such as this. We hope these hampers will go some way towards supporting people in our community who are struggling during the festive season this year.
If you would also like to show your support to the Food Bank, more information can be found here.