At times like these, it's easy to get washed away with the news, and it's hard to know who and what charities / organisations to support right now, right? If we could, we'd help them all! Read on to find out how Hip Hop Pop youngsters have helped shine a light on one...
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There are so many incredible charities out there to choose from, but we have selected to shine a little light on: Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
What prompted this? We've seen first hand, some of our students, over the 18 years we've been running, helped by GOSH. We also heard just 2 days ago, one of our students has been admitted to GOSH, and as you can imagine this is a very difficult time to have a child in hospital, we want to help this amazing hospital get the funding it needs to continue it's great work.
The GOSH COVID-19 Appeal is currently seeking donations, here's an excerpt from their website:
"Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) has launched an appeal to help fund both the hospital’s most urgent needs now and support its vital work once this crisis is over.
As Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) plays a role in the national response by treating more children from hospitals across London, resources will become increasingly stretched.
The hospital needs the support of the charity now more than ever, so it can continue to deliver the best, life-changing care for seriously ill children."
So where and how does Hip Hop Pop come in? After the success of our Quarantine Speech Video, which was shared more than 500 times and watched over 25'000 times, it was clear how to spread the word of GOSH and the COVID 19 Appeal - another video! But this time with a different message attached to it, to not only encourage donations to GOSH but send a joyful message.
What is that message?
"We may be physically apart BUT we are all there for each other"
Lockdown can feel like a lonely time, and it's more important than ever that we look after our mental wellbeing as well as our physical. (You can read more on how Hip Hop Pop looks after mental wellbeing here). Our video - choreographed by company Director Jenny Bater-Sinclair, featuring 50+ youngsters from our dance school aged 3 to 16 of all levels, sends a message reminding you, that there's someone there for you, in a heart warming 60 seconds.
We sent a video challenge out to youngsters at the school, offering them to play their part in this important message, getting them all to send in 2 videos, 1 of them waving at others from the front door and another of them performing a few basic steps
Jen collected all these video files and got to work on editing them together to the awesome remix by Jackson Beats of the 'FRIENDS' theme tune 'I'll be there for you'
Here it is!
We hope that you enjoy the video, it puts a smile on your face and you feel a little warmth in your heart, knowing we're all in this together and are here for each other.
Please kindly send a donation - Every little helps GOSH. Share the awareness by sharing this video wherever you can. The wider we can reach with this video, the more funds we can raise for GOSH.
Find out more about GOSH..
5 Great Ormond Street Facts you may not know!
Great Ormond Street Fact 1: Great Ormond Street Hospital (then known as The Hospital for Sick Children) opened its doors at 49 Great Ormond Street on Valentine's Day 1852 with 10 beds
Great Ormond Street Fact 2: For over 160 years,GOSH has been at the forefront of developing new and better ways to treat childhood diseases, pioneering numerous breakthroughs in paediatric care
Great Ormond Street Fact 3: GOSH has been supported by many notable individuals, including Charles Dickens, Queen Victoria and Diana Princess of Wales.
Great Ormond Street Fact 4: Every day, 619 children and young people from across the UK arrive at GOSH. Every day, doctors and nurses battle the most complex illnesses.
Great Ormond Street Fact 5: With many of GOSH's major fundraising activities cancelled, they are predicting a drop of as much as £25 million in their income that supports the hospital this year. Any support you can give means you’ll be making a huge difference to seriously ill children and their families at GOSH.
Please do give generously, if you can, thank you.
Jen - Director, Hip Hop Pop