Great Ormond Street Hospital
Meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia affect more than 2,000 people in the UK and Republic of Ireland every year.
When Mohamed Al Fayed’s new born newborn son Karim was diagnosed with meningitis, he sought the best help around: he went to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
A pledge of support
Impressed by the care his son received, Mohamed pledged his support. On discovering the hospital lacked the funds for a vital piece of equipment – a magnetic resonance image scanner which captures detailed internal images of the human body – he took action.
Mohamed ordered the £6 million scanner to Great Ormond Street Hospital’s precise specifications - the hospital's first paediatric MRI scanner - and has since provided sustained support through the machine’s subsequent upgrades. Every year the scanner is used to help hundreds of desperately ill children. His support to date makes him one of the biggest donors to Great Ormond Street Hospital, an achievement that was recognised in September 2007 when they made him a Friend of Adeona – the highest form of recognition the hospital can bestow upon those who have made the most significant contribution to their work.
What you can do
Great Ormond Street Hospital needs to raise £50 million each year to pay for the vital equipment, pioneering research, medical expertise and hospital maintenance needed to allow it to continue to help its very young patients get better. Find out how you can help by visiting: www.gosh.org. or call 020 7239 3000.