GOSH hosts Eid Al-Fitr Celebration
This June Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London celebrated Eid Al-Fitr with patients, families and staff. The hospital treats 1,500 patients from the Middle East every year and champions 360 care for patients by not only providing expert treatment but also multi-specialty support and care for the whole family.
The hospital marked the occasion by surprising patients and their families on the wards with gifts given out by film characters on the day of Eid. Families were also invited to celebrate at an Eid al Fitr party hosted at GOSH.
Patients, families, and staff spent their afternoon at the hospital-wide party where they had enjoyed face and henna painting, performances, arts and crafts and a Middle Eastern buffet. Rashida Kazmi, Muslim Chaplain at GOSH commented "One of the key values of this hospital is that we work as One Team, and this has been a great team effort to bring this event together.”
“It’s very nice that we all came together to celebrate Eid. We enjoyed being with people, receiving gifts and having fun,” said Ibrahim, father of a GOSH patient.
Commenting on the importance of this event for their international patients Trevor Clarke, Director of the International Service at GOSH said, “Eid is a time for togetherness and quality family time. However, for a number of families, Eid can be a bittersweet occasion for those who have to spend their time away from loved ones – especially if they have a young family member currently ill in hospital. At GOSH, we strive to ensure all our patients, from all cultures and all religions, feel at home when they are being treated in London. This is why, every year, we host an Eid al-Fitr party for our patients and families."
The hospital would like to thank everyone that supported the gift giving and party including the Penny Appeal, Al-Khair foundation and all the entertainers who donated their time.