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COVID-19 Emergency Appeal

The dedicated team at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children does not stop during times of crisis. Nor does Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity. 

Children, families and NHS staff need your help as we face these difficult times together. Please consider donating to our emergency appeal.

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We are working closely with our friends in NHS Lothian to support those visiting the Sick Kids during the pandemic.

For a child, coming in to hospital can be scary at the best of times, but it is especially daunting right now with the doctors and nurses wearing special PPE.

We called on our friends who wear PPE that children are used to seeing and made this short film to reassure them and show that underneath, it's still just us.


This film was only made possible because of the generosity of our supporters. It is one of a range of things that ECHC is doing to help during the crisis. In line with Government regulations, our services are currently running as follows:

Hospital Shop

We are pleased to be keeping our hospital shop open for as long as we can to fuel the wonderful NHS staff over the coming weeks. We are open Mondays to Fridays 10.30am to 3.30pm with fresh sandwiches and healthy snacks each day.

Drop In Centre

Our Drop In Centre team is no longer operating within the RHSC. The team has launched a telephone and online service to continue to be there for families.

We know many families will be worried during this difficult time, with lockdown adding to their distress and loneliness. If you or your family are in need of advice, assurance or just someone to chat to, please get in touch with Leigh on 0131 668 4949 or email leigh.drake@echcharity.org.

Arts Programme

Our Arts Team are developing innovative ways to help engage, distract and relax children while we are not able to access the wards directly.

They have developed studio paint boxes, creative writing boxes and bedside art galleries to help keep children and young people of all ages informed and occupied. A number of other studio boxes, including printmaking and sculpture boxes, are in development.

A wide range of resources created by ECHC and our partners to help keep children entertained while in lockdown can be found on our Arts and Activities page.

Family Support and Play

We are currently providing a range of support including: Supporting the Play Team to deliver play activities at bedsides; memory making; and the emergency hospital social work fund. 

We are continuing to provide our Parent Accommodation so that parents can stay close to their children who are in hospital during the lockdown.

Grants Programme 

Our current timescales for grants is set out here. However, in light of current uncertainties around the impact of COVID-19, please be advised that this timeline may change. We will endeavour to keep you updated with the progress of your application.


We believe that nothing should get in the way of being a child. We exist to transform the experiences of children and young people in hospital so they can be a child first and a patient second.

We support and complement the work of Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children (The Sick Kids) as well as other children’s healthcare settings across Scotland. 

We support the work of the 'Sick Kids' hospital

More about what we do

Our impact

"Those essential extras, all funded by Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity, made Emily's hospital stay less scary and gave us fun rather than fear!"

Fiona Harvey, Emily's mum

We provide vital funding to a variety of projects

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Our values

Supportive - of children, young people and their families

Dedicated - to achieving our outcomes

Encouraging - to all those who want to work with us

Friendly - towards everyone we deal with

Imaginative - in our approach to transforming children’s experiences

Fun - because having fun is important, no matter what your age

How we've helped

Making a real difference

Arts and Activities

Our arts and activities make all the difference.

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Funding equipment

Mum, Lisa, decided to help by raising funds, enabling SKFF to provide vein finders for the hosptial

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Supporting families

Lyndsey talks about how the Drop In Centre helped her.

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Parents' accommodation

Paula explains why being away from home can be so tough

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Hope's story

Taking on the Big Fun Run 5K after doctors predicted she may never walk

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Emily's story

Fiona Harvey, Emily's mum, explains how it's been a long haul for her family.

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"We knew something was wrong"

Read about little Eve's fight and how her family has coped

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Cameron's story

How ECHC provide a helping hand through traumatic times

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Dancing for health

Our dance school partnership that's bringing boogie and ballet to the bedside

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Halloween in hospital

Potion making and more

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Supporting St John's Hospital

Supporting St John's Hospital

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