Not so long ago, I went to London with a friend and her daughter to an appointment at the Great Ormond Street Hospital. The very first thing we saw on entering the hospital was a statue of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. It immediately put us all at ease.
Not many people like visiting hospitals but Great Ormond Street is bright and colourful and everywhere you go Peter Pan is right there with you.
Great Ormond Street Hospital, affectionately known as GOSH, is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals. Here are some facts about it:
- It was founded in 1852 with just 10 beds
- It’s dedicated to children’s healthcare and finding new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses
- It sees over 240,000 patients a year from the UK and overseas
- In 1929 JM Barrie gave all the rights to his book and play Peter Pan to GOSH. Since then the hospital receives royalties from the sale of Peter Pan books and other products, and each time a production of the play is staged.
- JM Barrie asked that the amount of money raised from Peter Pan should never be revealed and Great Ormond Street Hospital has honoured this wish.
JM Barrie claimed that Peter Pan had been a patient in Great Ormond Street Hospital and ‘it was he who put me up to the little thing I did for the hospital.’
Last month a new edition of Peter Pan published, designed by MinaLima – the design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter films. The book is jam packed with colourful pictures and interactive removable features, including a map of Neverland, a croc o’clock with hands that rotate to tell time and Peter Pan’s shadow. HOW COOL IS THAT!
HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY J.M. BARRIE. And thanks for a wonderful gift to an amazing hospital.