Alex Rowley MSP has praised the work of Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC) and pledged to support its work across Scotland in 2018.
The Mid Scotland & Fife MSP met with the charity in the Scottish Parliament to learn about the important work it carries out for children across the country.
The Mid Scotland & Fife region has the second highest number of in-patients admitted to Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children each year, with around 2,200 children admitted.
Acknowledging the vital work of ECHC, Mr Rowley is encouraging members of the Mid Scotland & Fife community to back the charity and its essential contribution to children’s services across the country.
Thanks to supporters and donors from all over Scotland, the charity celebrated a record-breaking 2016, that allowed them to fund £3.2 million in grants and donations, to make children’s experience of hospital a more positive one.
This continued into 2017, a year which saw the charity change its name, and fund over 100 grants including support to projects across the Lothians, Borders and Fife.
Alex Rowley MSP said:
“Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity provides invaluable work and support to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children but also to children’s medical facilities across Scotland.
“Many people often do not realise that they may have benefited from this charity’s work in their local children’s services.
“Thanks to its amazing work children are less scared by hospital. This helps them be a child first and a patient second. This is why I am delighted to back Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity.”