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Olympic diver Chris Mears makes a splash for Great Ormond Street in our Christmas Advent Calendar

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Olympic star Chris Mears has dived into his charity role with Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children’s Charity this year, meeting children and their families on visits throughout the festive season.

It’s no wonder that the 23-year-old diver, who this year won gold for Team GB in the synchronised 3m-springboard event with Jack Laugher, was so keen to get on board with HELLO!’s campaign for the children’s hospital.

“I wanted to wish you all a wonderful Christmas from Great Ormond Street,” Chris said in his message for HELLO! readers.

 “Your donations will help to make a huge difference to children and their families who are here for the festive season.”

Chris was profoundly moved by his visit to the children’s hospital in November, where he even shared his Olympic Gold medal with young fans.

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“Some people aren't as lucky as we are in this world... what I saw really moved me. These children are SO positive it's unreal, they work through the bad stuff and only seem to see the good,” he wrote on his Facebook page, adding a message to the children themselves:

 “You all inspired me! Also a huge shout out to all the staff - they are so passionate about what they do and it was great to see the world through your eyes.”

We hope that you will join Chris and HELLO! by supporting this very worthy cause. We all like to be with our loved ones this time of year. For the families of patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital, this is especially true.

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With your support, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity could help fund family accommodation so mums, dads, brothers and sisters can stay close by, or help fund the creation of bigger rooms in new hospital wards so parents of the most seriously ill children can stay by their bedside 24 hours a day.

The charity also funds play specialists so that children can enjoy some festive fun despite going through very difficult times, and funds research and equipment that will enable the hospital to find new cures and save more lives.

Every donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity will help keep families together this Christmas. And be sure to check back tomorrow to find out which of our wonderful celebs will be popping out from door number 12!

Make a donation to GOSH CC online, or by texting  FIVE to 70111*

*Texts cost £5 plus your standard network rate. Please ask the bill payer’s permission. Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity will receive 100% of your gift. We may contact you to tell you more about our work; if you would prefer we didn’t text NOCALL GOSH to 78866. Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Registered charity no. 1160024

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