Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) and children’s mental wellness game developer, Book of Beasties, have become partners in a bid to raise vital funds to support seriously ill children from across the UK who are cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
Book of Beasties is a multi-award winning children's mental wellness resource developer and creator of the university accredited mental wellness card game that aims to raise emotional literacy, teach resilience, empathy and encourage open conversations about mental health and wellness.
This partnership will see the launch of a resource platform on the Book of Beasties’ website that is dedicated to GOSH Charity. New features will include creative and playful wellbeing resources.
The company will donate £1 per month from each subscriber to its "Wellness Champion Platform" support the Hospital’s specialist Play Team, who support children and young people during their treatment at the hospital. In return, subscribers will receive access to regularly published reading materials, mindfulness and well being activities, webinars and more.
In early 2019, prior to the pandemic, Book of Beasties visited the psychology team at GOSH, to introduce the Mental Wellness Card Game and donate a number of copies that the hospital’s patients could use.
CEO and co-creator of Book of Beasties, Phil J Tottman commented on the partnership: “We couldn’t be more honoured and excited to become an official partner of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
“We were delighted to offer our Book of Beasties game to the Play team at GOSH, we think it is more important now than ever before to promote good mental health amongst children and young people.
“We hope our dedicated platform will give more people access to our Beasties and their wellness message, whilst donating to support the GOSH Play Team to help them continue their amazing work.”
“We are really pleased to be partnering with Book of Beasties to raise funds for the hospital’s team of play specialists, while simultaneously raising awareness about the mental health and well-being of children. We’re excited to work closely with Book of Beasties to develop and grow this partnership,” Commented Chris Carter, Head of Partnership Development at GOSH Charity.
Mandy Bryon, Joint Specialty Lead for Psychological and Mental Health Services at Great Ormond Street Hospital, concluded: “I am very impressed with Book of Beasties. This is a really engaging resource for young children that supports them to talk about their feelings in a positive way.”
Sign up to the GOSH Charity platform on Book of Beasties’ website from 1st November onwards to explore the wellness world of the Beasties themselves.
About Book of Beasties
A multi-award winning, psychologist endorsed and university accredited mental wellness card game that aspires to raise emotional literacy, teach resilience, empathy and encourages the open conversation about mental health and wellness.
An easy to learn card game for up to five or six players, in which they must help as many Beasties as possible. Each character represents a manifestation of anxiety, depression and corresponding features.
In order to help them players must use certain Items or Actions that translate or directly refer to wellness exercises, activities and topics of discussion including posture and exercise, healthy eating, deep breathing, yoga, origami, creative tasks and much more.
About Great Ormond Street Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity:
Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. Our patients and families are central to everything we do – from the moment they come through the door and for as long as they need us.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise money to support the hospital to give seriously ill children, the best chance for life. The charity funds research into pioneering new treatments for children, provides the most up to date medical equipment, funds support services for children and their families and supports the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families.
For more information visit www.gosh.org