The tournament will raise vital funds to support seriously ill children from across the UK who are cared for at the hospital.
The pre-Wimbledon grass court tournament is set to feature the strongest line-up in its 128-year history, with six of the world’s top-10 and 17 of the top 30, including current British No1 Kyle Edmund and also former five-time champion Andy Murray.
GOSH Charity will be supported in a variety of ways, including the sale of used tournament balls from the official merchandise store, ticket resales, and through evening Ground Admission tickets. A special text donation line has also been set up for tennis fans: They can text TENNIS to 70125 to donate £5. The tournament will provide some free tickets for GOSH patients, and two patients will have the opportunity to walk out as player mascots on final’s day.
The Fever-Tree Championships chose to support GOSH Charity after being inspired by the story of GOSH patients James and Isabel Shaw, and the incredible fundraising efforts of their parents Emily and Pete Shaw. James passed away at GOSH in October 2016, after developing a life-threatening condition at just five and half weeks old. Weeks later, his twin sister Isabel was rushed to GOSH with an unrelated, life-threatening condition and staff at the hospital saved her life.
The Shaw family has raised £180,000 so far to say thank you to GOSH for the dedicated care and support provided to James and Isabel, and the Fever-Tree Championships will join the Shaws in their efforts to help fund specialist equipment for surgical theatres at the hospital, helping to transform the lives of seriously ill children.
Edmund, who is an ambassador for GOSH Charity and for the Shaw’s fundraising efforts, said:
“It’s a great honour to be working with GOSH Charity and I’m delighted that such a prestigious tournament in the tennis calendar will raise funds for this fantastic cause too. I have been so moved by the story of James and Isabel and their family, and I hope everyone who comes to the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s will dig deep and show their support for the hospital which gave them such incredible care.”
Stephen Farrow, Tournament Director, said:
“As soon as we heard about the Shaw family’s experience from Kyle Edmund, we wanted to help, too. The work that Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital does is life-saving and life-changing for so many children and their families, not only in London but all over the country. We will be doing all we can as part of this partnership to support them in raising as much money as possible.”
The tournament runs from 18 to 24 June 2018, with a star-studded line-up that includes Rafael Nadal, along with Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro, Kevin Anderson and David Goffin.
Also on the start-list are Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, defending champion Feliciano Lopez, and young talents Nick Kyrgios and Denis Shapovalov.
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