Charity to support the Royal Hospital for Sick Children’s relocation to Little France in 2018
Four east of Scotland business leaders have been appointed to the Sick Kids Friends Foundation’s (SKFF) Board of Trustees.
John Brodie, Scotmid CEO; Keith Anderson, Scottish Power CEO; Mike Tumilty, Director of Operations at Standard Life Investments, and Tracey Ashworth-Davies, HR Director for TD Direct Investing, have joined the Edinburgh-based charity to help bring fresh ideas and inspiration to the Board and ensure continuing good governance in what they say is to be a pivotal year for SKFF, which supports the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC).
The charity will support the children’s hospital’s relocation to a new home in Edinburgh’s Little France in early 2018 after already contributing more than £3million to the new building to transform the hospital experience for children and young people.
Lindsay Gardiner, Chair of SKFF and Chairman of PwC in Scotland, said: “This is a particularly exciting time and we want to be sure we are providing the very best support possible to facilitate a smooth transition to the new hospital.
“Good governance is of paramount importance to all charities and SKFF is no different. So we’re very pleased to be able to welcome our new trustees on to the Board as they bring a wealth of skills and experience from a variety of backgrounds.
“Vitally, they are all local and in the past had direct contact with the services of RHSC, so they understand firsthand just how important the work that SKFF does is in terms of giving children and young people a positive hospital experience.”
The charity recently reported it had had a record-breaking 2016, smashing its target for donations to soar past the £1.8m mark, as well as paying out £3,180,815 in grants and donations – the highest amount ever paid in one year.
In total, SKFF awarded 82 grants to help fund equipment, training and research for the RHSC, as well as some Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) services. It has also helped to fund projects and services delivered at St John’s Hospital in Livingston and Borders General Hospital.
The grants helped to fund an innovative project to improve the quality of life for children with epilepsy; music at cots and bedsides for babies in critical care; memory boxes to grieving parents and self-management workshops for children and young people with long-term conditions.
Gardiner added: “Last year was our most successful year to date, both in terms of fundraising and the amount we handed out in grants, and we’re aspiring to have an even bigger 2017 thanks to this once in a lifetime opportunity to support the new hospital move.
“Our four newly appointed trustees will be a fundamental part of this, and we look forward to discovering all that they have to offer as the charity enters this new chapter.”