Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

East Ender Babs: I've Never Forgotten the Nurses' Kindness; Star Reveals Why Great Ormond St Holds a Special Place in Her Heart as She Backs Our Christmas Appeal

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

East Ender Babs: I've Never Forgotten the Nurses' Kindness; Star Reveals Why Great Ormond St Holds a Special Place in Her Heart as She Backs Our Christmas Appeal

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Byline: Anna Davis Deputy Campaigns Editor

BARBARA WINDSOR today told of her time as a patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital as she became the latest star to back our Christmas appeal.

The EastEnders actress, 78, was treated for rheumatism when she was a girl and said she has never forgotten the kindness of the hospital staff.

Today she called on Evening Standard readers to donate all they can to the "extraordinary" hospital through the Give to GOSH appeal.

She said: "It holds a special place in my heart, and the same is true for the hundreds of thousands of families it has supported over the years, so please give generously."

Windsor, who was born in east London, was eight or nine years old when she was taken to GOSH after complaining of "toothache" in her legs -- because that was the only way she could describe the pain she felt.

"My local doctor couldn't work out what was wrong so decided to send me to Great Ormond Street Hospital," she said. "That's just what happened, back then and still to this day. If they can't fix you, they send you to GOSH. People think of it as a magical place that makes things better.

"I remember getting two buses to GOSH, which should have felt like an adventure, but when you're a child you go to places like hospital with fear and trepidation. I remember walking up to the hospital thinking, 'What is this strange place?' The buildings were harsher-looking back then and it was very frightening for me, but by the time I left I was bouncing around as happy as anything because everybody in there was so amazing. They discovered I had rheumatism in my leg, which is all fine matched donation Treasury now, and luckily I was able to go home the same day, but the kindness they showed me in that time has stayed with me."

She said the kindness of one particular nurse has remained in her memory, adding: "I will never forget them coming along with medicine for me to take and one of the nurses said she thought she could make it taste better. …

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