The Muslim Prayer Room and Contemplation Space will be supported by a £300,000 pledge from leading Muslim charity Al-Khair Foundation, a humanitarian charity which has its headquarters in Croydon. The Charity which provides emergency aid around the world and works on UK-based projects covering education, healthcare, employment and domestic violence, has donated the significant sum to transform an area into a cherished space for patients, families and staff. The space will become an essential part of the hospital helping to improve the social and spiritual well-being of young patients and their families.
Jim Linthicum, Senior Chaplain for Great Ormond Street Hospital said “Holistic healthcare is much more than meeting the medical needs of the child. These facilities are so important for our patients, staff and families, it will provide a space for quiet reflection as well as a peaceful place for prayer”
Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad, Chairman & Founder of Al-Khair Foundation said “We are delighted to be working with GOSH to create this space which is much needed. The hospital has a world-class reputation for its medical capabilities and standards of care and a reflection space with a prayer area will add to its ability to support people when they need it most.
“Having space and peace to reflect can help when we are at our most vulnerable and we are committed to making a space that will help everyone.”
GOSH, which opened in 1852, is currently being redeveloped to maintain its world-class standing, improve facilities for care and research and to keep pace with a growing demand for its services.
The prayer room and reflection space are due to open in September.