Party season!

Hundreds of children cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and their families were joined by celebrity friends and costumed characters to celebrate Christmas this week, at a magical festive party.

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Guests including Olympian Helen Glover MBE, TV presenter Steve Backshall, James and Tristan from The Vamps, sports presenter Amanda Davies, X Factor’s Talia Dean, Nativity star Marc Wootton, CBBC presenter Naomi Wilkinson and actor Bobby Lockwood, helped spread Christmas cheer at the annual ‘Snow Ball party’.

Esmee, 6 years old, meets actor Marc Wootton at GOSH's Christmas party

The parties are a Christmas treat for children currently at the hospital and those who have been cared for at GOSH in the last 12 months. They give children and their families the chance to spend time together away from the ward at this special time of year, and to focus on something other than their treatment.

Everybody was dancing, including patient Emily with Dolphin, and even our friend Snot!

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Patient Taheem partied with the friendly bunny, Esmee received a teddy from The Teddy Machine and Olivia captivated us with her singing. The party ended with a joyous rendition of the Hokey Cokey!

People doing Hokey Cokey at Snow Ball 2017

GOSH patient Andrea, 10 said:

It’s been such a fun day, everything has been great. My favourite thing was the snow globe.

We hope to see you again next year! The 2018 party will be advertised around the hospital from October.

You can see more from our parties on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.