We opened our first nursery in Lasswade 21 years ago with a passion to ensure that children come first and that our nurseries feel like a second home to them. This is why we believe that the Edinburgh Childrens hospital charity is such a good match for us ‘Child first, patient second’ - it’s a natural fit with our family ethos. We love that the Sick Kids Friends Foundation provide home environments that are available for families to use to get some normality back when they are going through a tough time.
In 2009 we had a child that choked and we realised just how quickly you need to act in an emergency, and how the support of excellent medical care in these situations helps to provide positive outcomes for the children and their families. We were delighted that the child made a 100% recovery and were back at nursery the following week. Since 2010 we have successfully fund-raised more than £60,000! We have heard so many stories that touched our hearts over the years; another time we had a child who fell ill at nursery and was rushed by ambulance to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. He was diagnosed with meningitis and blood poisoning and the prompt and excellent treatment he received was vital. He has fully recovered and returned to nursery one month later.
We have tried many different ways of fund-raising, from producing our own recipe books in 2011, summer and Christmas fairs, raffles with donations from local businesses, and sponsored walks and teddy bear picnics, Sky dive’s, Kit walks. However, the easiest and most successful fund-raising activity by far is our annual ‘Sponsored Easter Treasure Egg’. The children are invited to raise funds through sponsorship for decorating an egg at home in a particular colour associated with their room at nursery. It’s a fantastic way to link home and nursery. We ask the parents to bring the decorated egg back into nursery for us to display, then all of the lovely designs are judged. Prizes are awarded by each playroom for the best design and the most funds raised. We have five nurseries in Edinburgh and Midlothian, with a total of 19 playrooms. The Directors are delighted to donate our annual £5,000 and in resent years the nurseries have managed to match another £5,000 annually total of £10,000. The Easter egg activity has been highly commended by HMIe and Care Inspectors at inspections. Together we can help raise more funds for the Edinburgh children’s hospital charity.