Help open our

Christmas Doors

Open a door to something magical for children in hospital this Christmas.

No child wants to spend Christmas in hospital, so we always try our best to make this time of year special. This Christmas the team behind our extensive Arts Programme are creating a living advent calendar to make Christmas magical for all the children and their families spending the festive period at Edinburgh Children’s Hospital. 


From the 1st December and then every day until Christmas Eve there will be a surprise behind 24 very special doors within the hospital. Doors to festive fun and activities that will help transport children away from their treatment and provide a magical Christmas experience.


Will you support our Big Christmas Door Appeal today?

The gifts of fun, comfort and togetherness make such a difference to children and their families – but we can only fund them with your help. So please support The Big Christmas Door Appeal today and open one of our special doors:


£25 can make hospital less scary

You can help to provide games, books, crayons, paints, paint brushes and arts and crafts materials, giving sick children hours of fun together and providing a therapeutic distraction from treatment.




£55 could fund a Buzzy Bee

Medical treatment like injections can be particularly frightening for children and young people. Our ingenious Buzzy Bee vibrates on a child’s arm before an injection, providing comfort and reassurance by disrupting the nerve pathways and easing the pain.




£75 could put on a family Christmas movie night

It wouldn’t be Christmas without watching a festive family film. Watching a Christmas movie as a family creates really special memories to treasure, even though they’re away from home.



“ I really think her smile lit up the room.” 

Ashley, Natalya’s mum

Natalya has been in and out of the hospital all her life. 

2018 is the first year Natalya hasn’t been in the hospital for her birthday, she is 7. Last year she was admitted to the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital on her birthday and wasn’t able to go home until just before Christmas; when she was well enough to spend it with her brothers and family who she misses very much. 

Natalya’s family know that the activities we support all year round, but especially at Christmas, are so important when children are in hospital for long periods of time.

Last year Natalya missed her school party but one of the most popular activities provided by ECHC is a Christmas party for all the children in the hospital. As Natalya's Mum said "she loved it and she got to wear her party dress and get dressed up, got loads of compliments and just enjoyed the party. I really think her smile lit up the room.” 

Your gifts ensure that every child spending Christmas in hospital doesn't miss out on all the fun of the festive season.


Natalya enjoying all the fun and excitement of the Christmas party