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- Arts and Culture
- Children Services
- Family Support
- Self Help/Support
- Young People
Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity previously known as The Sick Kids Friends Foundation support the work of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and other healthcare settings in the community. Every year the Hospital receives over 100,000 children through its doors from all over Scotland.
What we do
Arts and activities...
We fund an extensive Arts Programme, providing fun, creativity and distraction by delivering a wide variety of arts activities for children throughout the hospital.
Artist in residence programmes - work with children who are kept in isolation.
Dancebase teachers - work with the physiotherapy department to keep children active, even while they are bed bound.
Art and music therapists - encourage children who have cancer to express themselves through art or patients in the high dependency unit who will respond to music.
The Wee Replicators team - work with the occupational therapists and use 3D printing pens to build sculptures with children who need help with fine motor skills.
Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity supports the accommodation available to parents who want to stay close to their child during their stay in hospital. Although the hospital looks after children in the local area it is also used by children across Scotland who travel to access the specialist care available.
Children can be in the hospital for a significant amount of time and it is important that there is somewhere that parents can rest and stay that is close by and free of charge so that the extra expense does not become an additional burden or worry.
For families, any visit to the hospital can be a stressful time. Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity exists to support families as well as the children who are having treatment in the hospital.
The Drop In Centre, funded by Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity, has been a haven away from the hospital wards for sick children's parents/carers.
As a result of what we do
- Children and young people's lives are less interrupted by illness
- Children and young people are less scared of hospital and have a positive experience
- Children and young people's families are better supported and comforted
- Children and young people have an improved experience of healthcare in their community
We exist to transform the experiences of children and young people in hospital so they can be a child first and a patient second.
We believe that nothing should get in the way of being a child. We exist to transform the experiences of children and young people so they can be a child first and a patient second. It is our great privilege to have supported the work of the current Edinburgh children’s hospital for 25 years, contributing millions of pounds in our lifetime.
However, we also provide support at St John’s Hospital in Livingston (children’s ward, A&E, radiology), and various community healthcare settings across the Lothians, Borders and Fife.
We have also recently begun to extend the amount of support we give to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Each year our work reaches over 110,000 babies, children and young people from all across Scotland.