A personal thank you to Bill Bryson

I have always liked Bill Bryson’s books, enjoying his easy style and ready wit, and often suspected that I’d like the man in person should I ever bump into him. Whilst that remains highly unlikely, I am more convinced than ever that I’d like him. As the parent of a child who continues to undergo testing and treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital, my eye was caught by today’s announcement that Bryson has donated a recent £10,000 science writing award to the charity which helps the hospital and it’s research facility, the Institute of Child Health. Bryson won the Aventis award for his popular science book A Short History Of Nearly Everything. Upon hearing of Bryson’s intentions, Aventis matched his donation and the money will now go towards a new gene therapy unit at the IoCH. Our family continue to benefit from the efforts of the doctors, nurses, researchers and staff at GOSH and the IoCH to push the boundaries of child medicine and increase the understanding of genetic disorders. For helping continue that work, my thanks to Bill Bryson and Aventis.

One Response to “A personal thank you to Bill Bryson”

  1. Alastair Natkiel says:


    I’m getting in touch on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital. The hospital recently updated its website and moved page http://www.ich.ucl.ac.uk to http://www.gosh.nhs.uk.

    I can see that you are linking to the old page and the hospital would be hugely appreciative if you could update the GOSH link on the following page:


    so that the links point to http://www.gosh.nhs.uk.

    Great Ormond Street have spent a lot of time improving the site’s design to make it easier for visitors to find the information they need and it would be very helpful if you would continue sending visitors to the hospital’s homepage.

    If you have any questions, or need help with this in any way don’t hesitate to get in contact.

    Alastair Natkiel

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