Supporting Families Beyond Covid-19
Your donations are needed more than ever to help families coping with the distress of having a sick child now and beyond Covid-19.
Supporting babies, children, young people, families and NHS heroes in hospital and healthcare across Edinburgh and the Lothians has never been more important.
Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, ECHC has remained on the frontline, relieving fear and anxiety and bringing comfort, support and smiles to ill and injured children through very uncertain times.
Please consider making a donation so we can continue to be there for families when they need us most, now and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.
Watch this video and read the case studies below to find out just some of the ways that your incredible donations have made a difference so far:
Emergency Care Packs
Because of your generosity, 1292 food packs, 1066 toiletry packs and 970 arts and activity packs have been distributed throughout the RHSC and delivered to the doorsteps of vulnerable families having to isolate at home.
Your generosity has helped families like Louise and Charlie, who had to shield for over 12 weeks as Charlie has a rare genetic disorder and epilepsy.
"During this difficult time, ECHC continued to be a well needed support. A care pack was dropped off at our house by the charity containing essential supplies that had been difficult to source. We had been finding it hard to get deliveries from supermarkets, so we were running low on things like antibacterial hand soap, pasta, toilet rolls, baby wipes and some cereals. The charity is a lifeline for families during hospital stays and at times like these in the community too." - Louise, Charlie's mum
Thanks to a partnership with Edinburgh City Libraries, over 866 books have been delivered to children and families in isolation to try to ease some of the pressure on parents and carers and ensure children continue to learn during this time.
Finley is on active treatment for Leukaemia so needed to stay indoors to keep safe and well. Thanks to your gifts, Finley and his siblings received a book package to help them escape into their imaginations while they couldn't be out and about in the world.
"It was such a relief when the book parcel from ECHC arrived on our doorstep. The kids were so excited to discover all the new books they had to read which gave us some much needed breathing space! They let their imaginations run while so they could go on all sorts of fantastic adventures without ever leaving the safety of home. Thank you." - Caroline, Finley's mum
As our Arts Programme team were unable to access the wards and playrooms were closed, we designed and developed 'Studio Boxes' - self-contained themed boxes packed full of arts resources for children to enjoy at their bedside. Themes included photography, sculpture, creative writing and acrylic paints. 100 boxes were distributed through the hospital and to CAMHS.
Read more about how your donations have supported our Arts Team through the pandemic here.
Supporting the Sick Kids' Heroes & Beyond
Throughout the crisis, your donations have supported the incredible NHS heroes of the Sick Kids and other healthcare settings across the Lothians.
Our hospital shop at the RHSC was able to stay open so staff and families didn't have to leave the hospital building for daily essentials. In May, we opened our shop at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People. It was described by one clinician as "an oasis in a desert" and the friendly welcome provided by staff and volunteers made a difference at a challenging time.
Over 50 wellbeing boxes were given to NHS staff supporting children and young people's services in hospital and in the community. An ECHC Wellbeing Lounge was also created at RHSC, and Project Wingman - a group of furloughed and grounded pilots and crew - hosted the lounge every Wednesday for six weeks, providing our NHS heroes with a well-deserved 'first class lounge' pampering experience.
At the request of the hospital, ECHC wrote, produced and distributed "Still Just Us" - a short film to help explain PPE to children. We called on some of our friends who wear PPE children are used to seeing to help reassure them and show that the doctors and nurses had to wear their special suits to keep safe while they helped people get better. You can view it below:
Equipment to allow the most at risk children with cystic fibrosis to undertake testing at home and avoided hospital attendance was funded. A new coffee machine was given to the Emergency Department at RHSC, an iPad to theatres and a fridge was provided to PPALS. A long list of toys, supplies and therapeutic aids for children being supported by Occupational Therapy was enabled. Finally, the ECHC team distributed 1000s of Easter eggs, hot meals and food delivered for staff at RHSC, kindly donated by local supermarkets and restaurants.