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Classic car show raises funds for hospital which saved youngster's life

PUBLISHED: 14:43 21 May 2019 | UPDATED: 15:15 21 May 2019

Corton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick Howes

Corton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick Howes

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A show exhibiting some of the world's finest cars made its return to raise vital funds for a life-saving hospital.

Corton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick HowesCorton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick Howes

Now in its fifth year, Corton Classic Car Show was held on Sunday, May 19, attracting families and car enthusiasts from across the country.

The free event was started by Gary Smith, whose granddaughter Isabella May-Smith underwent open heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) just a few days after being born.

Gary Smith started the Corton Classic Car Show after his granddaughter Isabella (centre) underwent open heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick HowesGary Smith started the Corton Classic Car Show after his granddaughter Isabella (centre) underwent open heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick Howes

With generous donations totalling around £4,000, Mr Smith expressed his delight at another highly successful event.

"We were absolutely overwhelmed by the turnout," he said. "I couldn't believe the cars we had turn up, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and a McLaren brought along by someone who was once a patient at Great Ormond Street.

Corton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick HowesCorton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick Howes

"My granddaughter had her first heart operation when she was seven days old and has had another three or four since. There might be more to come, but she's such a little trooper.

"Without GOSH she would simply not be here and all we want to do is repay them."

Corton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick HowesCorton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick Howes

Corton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick HowesCorton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick Howes

Corton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick HowesCorton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick Howes

Corton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick HowesCorton Classic Car Show was once again held to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Picture: Mick Howes

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