Most families focus on celebrating their child’s first steps, first words, first tooth.
But some need help marking the ‘lasts’.

For some families who need to bring their child to hospital, they face the unbearably sad reality that they don’t get better.

Each year, our wonderful colleagues in NHS Lothian support around 50 families whose child dies at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People. That’s one family every week. And we’re here to support them every step of the way.

Most families celebrate all the ‘firsts’ – the first steps, the first words, the first tooth. Your donation means that we can also help families mark the ‘lasts’, with compassion, love and respect.

You could help families like Fiona and Martin, whose little boy Jamie died at 9 months old. Or Fiona and Keith, whose daughter Ava sadly passed away last year, aged 15.

Thanks to wonderful supporters like you, both families had the chance to create precious keepsakes to treasure forever, keeping Jamie and Ava’s memories alive in their home and in their hearts.

By donating today, you will help families like Jamie’s and Ava’s cope with life without them.

Where your donation goes



could help provide a listening ear for a parent, a chance to talk through their emotions with someone who understands.



could allow parents to make the most of some of the ‘lasts’ with their child.



could help fund memory making activities for a family about to lose their child.

Other ways to donate

Text to donate

Just text ECHC followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70085.
You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. As an example, to donate £5, you would text ‘ECHC£5’ to 70085. All the money you donate goes to us. You may be charged for your text message. Please refer to your network operator’s standard rates.

Straight-forward giving

Giving should be easy, that’s why we have a wide range of ways you can donate to our charity.

Call us – call 0131 668 4949 to make a donation over the phone
Write to us – send a donation to Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity at First Floor, 1 Wester Shawfair, Danderhall, Dalkeith, EH22 1FD using this form.

If you would like to donate toys, chocolate, clothes or other items, please contact us by phone or email before doing so. Although the thought is kind, there may be reasons why we can’t accept donations of physical items. Thank you.