J.M. Barrie gave all the rights to Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in 1929, later confirmed in his will when he died in 1937. Since then the hospital has received royalties every time a production of the play is put on, as well as from films, books and other product. In 1988, the House of Lords (prompted by Lord Callaghan ) voted for a special clause in the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act granting GOSH a unique right to royalty in perpetuity from all commercial exploitation of the story of Peter Pan. For over 85 years the timeless adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy have contributed towards making the hospital an incredible centre of hope for children all over the world. J.M. Barrie requested that the amount raised from Peter Pan should never be revealed, and GOSH has always honoured his wishes.

Originally opened in 1852, Great Ormond Street Hospital is the country’s leading centre for treating sick children with the broadest range of dedicated children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children who have the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions, from across the country and abroad.

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