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The Sick Kids Friends Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Friday, 27 July 2012

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF) is celebrating its 20th anniversary milestone of caring for the country's sickest children this year.

Since it was founded, the charity has smashed targets and raised a staggering £18 million forEdinburgh'sRoyalHospitalfor Sick Children- £14 million of which was raised in the last decade.

The charity has clinched four coveted national awards since it was established and has aided the treatment of two million sick children.

And now, it would like to thank the thousands of fundraisers, donors and volunteers whose tireless effort, time, generosity and determination has made all of its good work possible.

Maureen Harrison, Chief Executive of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation said: "Over the past 20 years I am pleased to say that the charity has made an enormous difference to the experience of children and families at the hospital.

"Our work is all about innovation, support and working independent of, but alongside, NHS Lothian to ensure that precious funds donated by the public are well-used to supplement care for vulnerable young patients now and in the future."

To date, the Sick Kids Friends Foundation has invested money to establish a Children's Clinical Research Facility, the provision of an OR1 Operating theatre system and the hospital's highly innovative Sat Nav for neurosurgeons.

Not only does the charity fund research and invest in new equipment but it has also implemented an Artist in Residence programme and established PJ's Loft - accommodation for parents at the heart of the hospital.

This year the charity has big plans to plough its vital funds into more new equipment and in-depth research. Poorly children attending theRoyalHospitalfor Sick Children will benefit from the planned purchase of two new state of the art Ultrasound systems and a SimJunior Simulator for specialist training in the Intensive Care Unit. 

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation also plans to invest £36,000 into an echo-cardiogram machine forSt John'shospital inLivingston. This will give expert clinicians at the hospital a grant of £25,000 to fund ground-breaking research into Crohn's disease in children, an inflammatory bowel condition which causes much pain and distress.

SKFF will also finance the introduction of the first ever UK hospital-based Changing Faces Practitioner post at the Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children, later this summer. This will give support to  children with facial disfigurements.

The charity has also funded the creation of several staff posts to support families and its unique Drop In Centre which will be celebrating its seventh birthday this year.

Maureen continued: "Raising £18 million would have been impossible without all the generous people who have donated to us so it is important that we make sure each fundraiser is thanked- no matter how large or small their involvement.

"Our gratitude goes out to individual donors and community groups who fundraise for us, and parents, companies, schools, nurseries and those who sponsor our supporters in marathons and every kind of sporting challenge. Together with the Play specialists, nurses surgeons, therapists and support staff they have made an enormous difference to the lives of the children in our wards.

"Without them all, none of our work would have been possible."

The charity will host special fundraising events, jam-packed full of different activities including a special dinner with a view of the festival Fireworks in September

Maureen continued: "There are a lot of exciting things happening for us this year. We urge everyone to get involved and join in this opportunity to help sick children and make a real difference for them and their families."

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Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation


The Sick Kids Friends Foundation helps sick children get better by funding extra medical equipment, improving facilities, financing specialised research and training and providing a wide variety of extra comforts for young patients and their families at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, other health centres in the East of Scotland and in the Community. For more information please visit www.edinburghsickkids.org