Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London, one of the world’s leading centres for treating sick children, celebrates Eid-al-Adha: an occasion that plays an important part in the Spiritual Care Festival Calendar and is celebrated across the hospital.
Organised by the hospital’s chaplaincy team every year the team works hard to make the festival a special time for the patients and their families.
The chaplaincy also uses the festival as a time to raise awareness of this important festival across the hospital’s patients, families and staff so that they can learn about the day, what it means and the importance of Haj.
Great Ormond Street Hospital celebrates Eid Al Adha with over 70 young patients from the GCC and their families allowing them to get involved learn more about the festival and celebrate the day.
The provision of henna, wards filled with embellishments and decorations, as well as lots of fun entertainment for the children are in store. Children who are isolated for medical reasons or unable to leave the ward are not forgotten as they receive a special Eid visit and gift.
Great Ormond Street Hospital treats children from around the world and last year treated children from over 80 different countries. Celebrating Eid with the patients and families of Great Ormond Street Hospital is an integral part of the spiritual services provided at the hospital.
Being treated in a foreign country is a stressful time for both the patient and their family and Great Ormond Street Hospital knows how important it is to remember and celebrate important religious festivals, in order to make the patients feel at home.
By celebrating Eid with all patients, family and staff, Great Ormond Street Hospital hopes to create a sense of celebration and inclusion for everyone involved.
Commenting on the Eid celebrations, Trevor Clarke, Director of the International Division at GOSH said: “We are once again happy to be able to celebrate the occasion of Eid with our patients, their families and our staff. It is always difficult to be away from home at such a happy time but we hope that getting together to mark Eid has brought enjoyment to all those who came to the celebrations at the hospital.”