Great Ormond Street Hospital project celebrates four years

The Great Ormond Street project celebrates its fourth anniversary this week. Led by a dynamic coaching duo, Denise O’Neill and Ray Tudor, the project has had a huge impact on a number of sick youngsters, many of whom would not get the chance to be involved with games and PE in a hospital environment.

The Cricket Foundation is proud to have introduced the pioneering cricket coaching scheme at Great Ormond Street Hospital’s school back in 2008. Following its success, the project was expanded to the Evelina Children’s Hospital school at St Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in 2010.

“The Chance to Shine sessions use games and skills that can be adapted to suit a wide range of ages and capabilities. Some children have severely debilitating illnesses. To see them come out of their shells and see them with a smile on their face, I feel I’ve achieved something” says Ray.

Sessions involving batting, throwing and catching in the classroom or playground are followed by ward visits to work with young people who are too sick to make the trip down to the hospital school. Denise says, “coaching in hospitals is totally different to anything I’ve ever experienced. I’d love to do it every day.”

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