GOSH Charity hits £100m fundraising target ahead of schedule

15 May 2023 News

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Great Ormond Hospital’s Children’s (GOSH) Charity raised over £100m last year, according to its director of finance and resources.

In 2021, GOSH Charity set an “ambitious” target to raise £100m a year by the end of its five-year strategy, up from around £70m at the time.

In an interview for Charity Finance set to be published next month, Bill Cunningham said “it looks like we delivered over £100m last year to 31 March”, ahead of schedule. 

Cunningham told the magazine: “We want to raise over £100m a year starting this current year. And it looks like we delivered over £100m last year to 31 March. So we’re essentially ahead of the strategy, which is a great place to be.

“It’s a testament to our staff, but also to our very generous supporters. We’re doing well. Obviously, there’s no room for complacency and we’re only in year three that we’ve now embarked upon.”

This year, GOSH Charity was the official charity for the 2023 TCS London Marathon, and had hoped that the appeal would raise £3.5m.

Cunningham said that the charity has so far raised more than £2m through the event and is still waiting for income to come through, notably from corporate sponsorship. 

“So far, we have raised over £2m which is fantastic, and we expect that figure will continue to increase significantly in the coming weeks,” the charity added.

Largest ever campaign

In May 2021, the charity launched a new strategy, with the fundraising team setting a £100m target by the end of it.

The charity also previously said that it was seeking to diversify and grow its income.

GOSH Charity began its largest-ever fundraising Build it. Beat it appeal in March to raise £300m to build a new children’s cancer care centre.

Meanwhile, director of fundraising Liz Tait told Fundraising Live’s attendees that GOSH Charity’s fundraising ambitions are “greater than ever before” despite the ongoing challenges posed by the cost-of-living crisis. 

Editor’s note: This article was updated to reflect that income raised through the TCS London Marathon will increase in the coming weeks

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