Every year more than 160,000 children attend the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill in Glasgow, from all areas of Scotland as well as some from England and Ireland.
The work of Yorkhill Children’s Charity is to make the experience as pleasant and comfortable as it can be for both the patients and their families. To that end they raise money to fund initiatives that help to save or improve the life of a child and by association positively affect the lives of their families.
The money raised is spent is several areas:
- medical equipment
- hospital improvements
- patient and family support
- paediatric research
- patient education
Some examples of recent projects include:
- offering emergency travel grants to families in need;
- a specialised wheelchair for children with cerebral palsy;
- a paediatric special-care ambulance;
- wall-mounted DVD players to distract patients from their treatments;
- funding effective bereavement support for families;
- maintaining onsite primary and secondary classrooms and teaching resources.
Bishop Gregor says: “Please support the Lent Appeal with your customary generosity and help Yorkhill Children’s Charity to continue this work.”