Sick Kids Friends Foundation Says Thanks (For) A Million

by Alicia Simpson

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

An EdRosslyn Neely (1)inburgh-based charity that helps sick kids and their families is dedicating an entire day to tirelessly and individually thank its many thousand supporters – with some Royal support.

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF), which supports the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, will devote this Thursday (28th January) to personally express gratitude to any individual, team or company who helped raise a total £1.7m in 2015 – its biggest year to date.

An 11-strong team from the much loved charity will take on the mountainous task and spend the day phoning, emailing and sending out cards and videos in a bid to say a huge thank you to as many supporters as possible – which totalled a staggering 11,000 donations last year.

The SKFF team has also recruited the support of its Royal Patron HRH Princess Beatrice of York who has recorded a special video message to pass on her royal seal of approval to the charity’s champions.

Thanks to this support, in 2015 SKFF was able to award grants to enhance nine areas of the hospital, including the bereavement site and A&E Waiting rooms. There were 48 grants awarded for comforts which included toys, technology such as DVD players or iPads, arts & crafts and the Beads of Courage programme. In addition, almost 20 pieces of equipment to improve the care of children were funded.

Rachel McKenzie, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, told of how such an outstanding year merited a personalised and original response.

Rachel said: “We were, and continue to be, overwhelmed by the huge amount of support that we received throughout 2015 and we want to express how grateful we are to everyone who was involved with fundraising and donating.

“We want anyone who helped the Sick Kids Friends Foundation in any way last year to know just how much their support is appreciated, not just by us but by the children and families who visited the hospital and used its services.

“As a result of the support we receive, children and young people’s lives are less interrupted by illness; they are less scared of hospital and a have a positive experience.

“Dedicating one whole day to expressing our gratitude is the least we can do compared to all that our supporters have done and continue to do for us. So from all of us at Sick Kids Friends Foundation, we’d like to say a huge thank you!”

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