Our Charity Work

Our ongoing fundraising for Edinburgh children’s hospital charity has raised a rolling amount of over £75,000 from 2018 and they are delighted with our long term commitment. We have continued our annual support, with our most recent initiative was a virtual Christmas raffle which raised £3,340.

Our Aim is to continue to reach new targets with the support from our families and wonderful teams in each of the nurseries. Read more

I’d like to say a big thank you for all that the does ‘Edinburgh children’s hospital charity’, it truly makes a difference in our local community.

It is now time to take to the streets for Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail 2019 from Monday 17th June!

We’re so excited to finally share with you a photo and the location of our WONDERFUL sculpture. Our sculpture is called “Oor Woody” and will be located in The Meadows.

We are also having a joint sponsored walk on 23rd June to find our Oor Wullie sculpture, so feel free to join us to help find him. Get in touch for details

Pinocchio's is delighted to be supporting Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail and Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity this summer. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the world’s first nationwide public art trail to significantly boost Scotland’s provision for children and young people in hospital. We are proud to be playing our part and encourage everyone in Scotland to get involved by taking part in the trail too, so that all young people in hospital can be a child first and a patient second

Scotland’s first ever national public art trail will unite the country as it raises awareness and vital funds for Scotland’s children’s hospitals. www.oorwullie.com

Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail runs for 11 weeks from 17th June 2019 – 30th August 2019, culminating in a series of Farewell Events and nationwide auctions in each of the five host cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. 

This year we are very excited to be part of the ‘Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail’ . Pinocchio’s nurseries have sponsored one of the life size sculptures. This will be on the main trail and on doing so we have received a mini sculpture for Pinocchio’s nurseries. *This means we are lucky enough to be able to design and decorate our own mini Oor Wullie sculpture* 

Each family are being asked to think of their own unique design for their Oor Wullie template, and to help fundraise for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Children’s Charity (Sick Kids). Once all completed designs and sponsor forms are returned by Fri 22nd March, Jacqueline Lawson from ECHC will pick a winner, on Wed 27Th March at 10am at our Lasswade nursery.

Please note this will replace our annual sponsored Easter egg decoration for this year. We are hoping to raise lots of money for this fantastic charity and create some fabulous designs for Oor Wullie! 

One of the benefits for being an individual sponsor is that the children will be participating in a wide range of experiences which are provided in the education programmes from ECHC which cover a range of outcomes in the curriculum.  

This will be an adventure through learning!

As well as the Oor Wullie sponsored design we will still be holding our annual summer and Christmas fairs. A unique sponsored Pinocchio’s group Oor Wullie sponsored walk will take place on Sunday the 23rd June (details will be confirmed).  We hope to find our large design and a few more – get your Oor Wullie outfits ready and your boots on for walking! Very exciting, looking forward to seeing you all there.

We couldn’t do it without the help from our families for this great local cause, it is very much appreciated!

Hope you all have fun with your family art designs.

best wishes 

Lewissa Koulis Director 

Lewissa Sky dived for the charity to raise funds in April’18 and our Lasswade nursery did the Kiltwalk in September 2018.

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.

Pinocchio's Children’s Nurseries are a group of 5 award winning children's nurseries across Edinburgh & Midlothian.

We currently have purpose built day nurseries in Eskbank, Lasswade, Penicuik, Heriot Watt and Gilmerton.

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