Our vision & values

Our staff & volunteer team work together with supporters,  partners and NHS colleagues to transform every child’s hospital experience for the better. Behind this vision lies our values.

Our vision: Child first, patient second

As the only charity in the world solely dedicated to supporting NHS Lothian’s children’s services, we are privileged to provide help to more than 110,000 babies, children and young people every year; at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, in other hospital and healthcare settings across the Lothians, Borders and Fife and in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

No child or young person wants to be in hospital, but for those who have to be, ECHC is there to make the experience as positive as possible. We support children, young people and families with our daily activities, youth work, family support service, hardship funding, play programme, our hospital shop, and world class medical training, research and equipment. To find out more, click the button below.

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