Our Charity Partners GOSH recently invited a special guest to speak to the children on the iconic wards of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately, he could not be there in person, which was understandable as British astronaut Major Tim Peake is located over 250 miles away currently orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station.
Tim Peake was on hand to give children a virtual tour of the International Space Station in a special video call with patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Major Peake made a special video call to patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH),which included Maddison Webb, who is being kept in isolation during her treatment for acute lymphocyte leukaemia. Maddison is currently residing in an enclosed Isolation Recovery Bay, similar to the one which iCandy will be funding.
Major Peake and Maddison discussed being separated from their families and their restricted diets. She was keen to find out what Tim eats in space as she begins to try food for the first time in over a month.
"Maddison has been in isolation at GOSH for five-and-a-half weeks now, she was very excited to speak to an astronaut in space from her room," her mother Stephanie said.
"She has just started on a special diet of milkshakes and packaged food after her treatment, which she doesn't like very much. Tim Peake must have to eat different foods and have protein shakes, so I'm hoping it will encourage her to drink them."
The astronaut spoke to around 30 other patients who gathered in the hospital school and discussed how he spends his day carrying out scientific research, just like the pioneering research carried out at the hospital. Tim was also asked questions about how to stop things floating around on the space station, how he cleans his clothes, and what he misses about home.
GOSH is unique in treating children with the rarest diseases who often have to spend long periods in hospital during their treatment, meaning they spend a lot of time away from home, friends and family.
After the call, Major Peake tweeted: "Thanks to the wonderful children & staff at @GreatOrmondSt for the great link-up yesterday. I loved sharing the #ISS & Earth views with you."