Edinburgh businesses rally round to boost the coffers of Sick Kids charity

Eight organisations have helped raise money for an Edinburgh children’s charity to the tune of £38,000

Eight Edinburgh organisations have gone head to head in an Apprentice-style challenge to raise cash for charity.
Among those pitted against each other by the Edinburgh Sick Kids Friends Foundation were Aegon UK, Bank of Scotland, and Lloyds Banking Group, which were all tasked with running a pop-up shop for the day at the Gyle Shopping Centre.
Each team was challenged to sell as many products as possible to boost the coffers of the charity, which supports and complements the work of Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children (The Sick Kids), as well as other children’s healthcare settings in Scotland.
The challenge has helped the Edinburgh Sick Kids Friends Foundation raise more £38,000 – over £17,000 of which was raised this summer.
The volunteers worked hard to sell a variety of toys, including cuddly dinosaurs, cars and bubble wands available for as little as £1, as well as organising their own fundraising in a bid to raise as much money as they could.
Pippa Johnston, director of fundraising and marketing at the Edinburgh Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: “The response from the businesses last time was phenomenal so we felt it was only right to do it again and the responses this time around have once again been amazing.
“It is a fantastic way for the companies to have some fun while raising money for an extremely worthwhile cause.
“We are really grateful to the Gyle Centre Management which has provided us with a unit to stage the pop-up shop for a second time.
“As a result of what we do children and young people’s lives are less interrupted by illness; they are less scared of hospital and a have a positive experience.
“Their families are also better supported both at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children here in Edinburgh and in their local communities.
“We do this by providing enhanced facilities, equipment and distractions and it is the generosity of businesses which are involved with our pop-up shop activity, and the others who raise money for us, which allows us to continue doing this.”
The Lloyds team ‘Teviot House’ won the overall challenge after raising £4,346, closely followed by ‘Dalkeith Road’, another Lloyds team, and Aegon UK, who came second and third after raising more than £2,100 and £1,600 respectively.
The charty says plans are already underway to stage the same event later on this year in December and companies are encouraged to get involved.
Johnston added: “All the businesses that took part really put their heart and soul into raising as much money as possible and a huge well done to the winner and runners up for making these amazing amounts.
“We had many businesses competing, some of which entered more than one team, so we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who got involved.
“They will make such a difference to the lives of many children across Scotland.  I’m urging companies who want to take part in December to get in touch as soon as possible.”
The money raised from the shop will be used for a range of projects and equipment in the existing hospital and the new hospital, which is due to open in 2017.
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