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Barclay Foundation pledge £11m to Great Ormond Street Hospital

20 November 2007

The Barclay Foundation, the charitable organisation for Sir Frederick and Sir David Barclay and their families, today announced a gift of £11 million towards Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, to meet the vital need to rebuild and refurbish the hospital, and to fund pioneering research.

£2 million of the donation will go towards a new Heart and Lung Centre, within the hospital’s new £321 million children’s medical centre.

 Sir Frederick Barclay said, "The Foundation wanted to support a cause that was at the forefront of child health and where our investment would really make a difference.  Anyone visiting the hospital wants to do all they can to support the children there, who come from all over the country.  But we also need to help future generations too.

 "Great Ormond Street faces a significant challenge, with a £170 million fundraising target to build the new children’s medical centre.  The hospital also needs significantly more funds to strengthen its world class research. 

 Mr. Aidan Barclay added, "The Foundation is normally private about its grant making activity. We are aware that the hospital’s good works are known, however, we are concerned that its urgent need for funds is not.  We are therefore making this public announcement to encourage others to get behind the drive to raise more funds."

 Currently some wards at Great Ormond Street are housed in a 1937 building, so for example, cubicles can be too small for equipment, specialists and the family to be by the bedside together.  The cardiac unit operates in highly cramped and inefficient premises in another building, so for example, cardiac intensive care has one third of the recommended space per clinical bed.  Although clinical care is excellent, our facilities mean a poorer quality experience for many patients, their families and staff.

 Welcoming the gift Great Ormond Street Hospital Chief Executive Dr Jane Collins said, "We’re delighted.  This extremely generous gift will really make a difference to some of the country’s sickest children.  We want to deliver the very highest quality of care for our families and philanthropic leadership of this sort is vital to achieve this."

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Notes to editors

Sir Frederick Barclay will not be giving interviews or further expanding on this decision

The new children’s medical centre involves building one wholly new building and radically rebuilding another.  When complete it will increase the capacity of the hospital, ensure all children are treated on modern wards, and allow the delivery of high quality specialist treatments and services. These vital funds also help Great Ormond Street Hospital continue the level of pioneering research that has led to so many new advances for children both in the UK and across the world

The cost of the new medical centre is £321 m.   £75 m has come from a direct NHS grant and by this autumn, £76 million had already been raised by years of fundraising activity.   Therefore in October, we announced a target of £170 m to raise to complete the project.

In addition the charity plans to raise substantially more to support research at the hospital and its partners

Since its establishment in 1989 The Barclay Foundation (formerly the David and Frederick Barclay Foundation) has distributed millions to support medical research and organizations which provide help for sick, disabled, disadvantaged old and young people.   The Foundation has recently changed its name to emphasise the involvement of the wider Barclay family

Sir Frederick and Sir David Barclay were knighted in 2000 for services to charity.