Sick Kids Friends Foundation

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation complements the work of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and the 100,000 patients that require their services each year.

The Bank of Scotland Foundation grant of £10,000 supported the salary costs of an assistant psychologist in the Guided Self Help service. This much needed service provides support to patients and their families and empowers them to help themselves through very difficult times.

Throughout the year Lloyds Banking Group employees also raised £17,000 for The Sick Kids Friends Foundation through their fundraising efforts, including Matched Giving from the Foundation of over £7,000.

Matched Giving funding is unrestricted, allowing charities to use it where it is needed most. The Sick Kids Friends Foundation used their Matched Giving to help support a number of projects, including welcome presents for the children, parents’ accommodation and safe internet access to allow children to communicate with friends and family during their stay in hospital.

In using our funding in this way these important services helped to make the stay at hospital a little less stressful for children, young people, parents and wider families.