Family Completes Supernova for Children’s Charity

by Melissa Craib

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Sam Bowers raising money for ECHC to be shared by charity PRA FAMILY from West Lothian has completed the Kelpies Supernova and raised an incredible £200 for the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC).

Lynn Bowers, aged 43, and her son Sam, aged 10, completed the race after deciding they both wanted to do something to support the vital work of the charity.

The pair, who are both been keen supporters of the charity, opted for the late night race and managed to increase momentum before the big day and gained an impressive number of sponsors to cheer them on.

Lynn said “Thankfully we’ve only ever had minor visits to the hospital but as I do a lot of work there, I often see first-hand the brilliant work the charity does to support children and their families while at the hospital.

“My son and I wanted to do our piece to support the charity and the Supernova proved to be the perfect opportunity to do just that. I think Sam and I would both agree that it was an amazing experience and lots of fun to see the Kelpies all brilliantly lit up as we jogged past.

“We are definitely keen to continue to do fundraising activities to support the charity and also help spread the word of the work it does out with Edinburgh.”

This is the second time the duo has fundraised for the charity after organising a successful bake sale the previous year.

Roslyn Neely, CEO of the ECHC, said: “We are so grateful for help of Lynn and Sam, their donation will help support the work we do which ensures children and young people in hospital get to be a child first and patient second.

“Fundraisers and supporters like Lynn and Sam are of vital importance to us, it is because of people like them that we can continue our work not just at the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids but at St John’s too.”

Lynn’s praise comes following ECHC launching a new campaign within the West Lothian community to help raise at least £7000 for a state-of-the-art new ultrasound probe to be installed at St John’s Hospital, Livingston, which experts say will help put youngsters at ease when being examined.

Medics say a new ultrasound probe designed specifically for children would bring benefits on multiple levels for youngsters who require a scan.

New equipment would also deliver superior images and improve diagnostic quality and would mean that children can receive scans closer to home.

Children and young people are referred for a scan for a number of different reasons. These range from head scans for neonatal babies, kidney scans for urine infections to scans on other parts of the body to check out lumps and other problems.

Roslyn continued: “While people mostly associate us with working in the city, in fact we are heavily involved in projects wherever children are treated. Indeed, we’re very proud of our track record particularly at St John’s Hospital in West Lothian.

“This latest project to raise money for a Paediatric Ultrasound Probe is exactly the kind of project we love to be involved in and we are sure the community across West Lothian will get fully behind such a worthwhile cause.”

Individuals, schools and businesses are all encouraged to get involved in any way they can. A list of activities and events such as sky dives or marathons that anyone can get involved in can be seen on the ECHC website.

Anyone who is interested in organising or holding a fundraising event can contact the fundraising team on 0131 668 4949 or [email protected] and will be provided with a helpful pack that offers a host of guidance, tips and advice.

Following a record-breaking 2016 which saw it raise more than £1.8m, ECHC was able to provide 82 grants across east central Scotland, which included funding for the Craniofacial team at St John’s to attend a world leading course on their field of surgery.

Other projects the charity have funded at the hospital include a vein finding piece of equipment, as well as many toys, stickers, and certificates for the children’s ward, which help the staff to keep children positively focused.

Over the past 13 years, grants from ECHC have also enabled improvements to the play, waiting and consulting areas in the Out Patient Department, the creation of a new soft play area in the children’s ward, the purchase of a pediatric echo/ultrasound machine and the funding of staff visits to Shriners Burns Unit in Galveston, Texas to advance clinical knowledge.

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