Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity
We have enjoyed a special relationship with Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity since the Foundation was established in 2002, donating cash, toys and equipment, supporting Christmas activities and organising special visits and treats for the children.
Last season, we raised £10,000 to pay for film screenings throughout the month of December in the hospital’s MediCinema. We also continued our tradition of funding Christmas activities and decorations on the wards, to help bring some magic to the hospital at this special time of year.
The 47 seated MediCinema at the Hospital is the only one of its kind in Scotland and offers families the chance to spend precious time together, enjoying one of life’s simple pleasures – the excitement of going to the cinema!
The space even accommodates hospital beds, so that no child misses out. Young patients and their families can enjoy the latest cinema releases and forget about the worry of their hospital stay through the magic of the movies. The MediCinema helps reduce boredom and isolation for children in hospital and can greatly improve wellbeing.
As well as funding Christmas movies, our donation paid for Christmas decorations, which staff, volunteers and players from the Club and Foundation hung when they visited the hospital. The entire first team squad also enjoyed their annual Christmas visit to the wards in December to meet staff, patients and their families.
Over 173,000 children are treated at Scotland’s largest children’s hospital each year. We are proud to support Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity in ensuring that each baby, child, young person and their family receives the best possible care and experience they deserve.
Find out more about Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity here.
Two-year-old Lillia was admitted to Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Children with a suspected abscess on her face. She needed surgery twice and felt unsettled at times but thanks to the support of the charity’s Play Programme, Lillia was able to create extra special memories while in hospital.
Lillia’s Mum, Victoria, explained: "The charity really did come to the rescue for us and the fully kitted out play rooms on the wards were our saviour.
“The MediCinema was also an amazing experience – we watched Dumbo during our first stay and Peppa Pig during the second. It was lovely to see all the children take their tickets up and experience the normality of going to the cinema.
“These facilities offer an escape from treatment and allow children to take part in exciting activities that distract them.