MSPs Jack McConnell and George Foulkes will don their pyjamas to host a reception for MSPs in the Scottish Parliament on 18 November – to demonstrate their support of the new pyjamas campaign for Scotland’s new Sick Kids hospital to be built in Edinburgh.
The new pyjamas campaign has been established to raise £15 million for the new Sick Kids hospital, helping to make it a centre for excellence in Scotland. With the help of Jack McConnell and George Foulkes, it is hoped that many others will support the campaign.
The high profile parliamentarians are hosting the reception for MSPs across Scotland to emphasise that the new Sick Kids hospital is for all Scotland’s children: 25% of children treated come from outside the Lothians, many for specialised treatment which cannot be obtained anywhere else in the country.
Jack McConnell MSP says: ‘I am delighted to be hosting the new pyjamas campaign in the Scottish Parliament next month and I hope many of my colleagues will take the time to come along and offer their support for our sick kids.
‘It is essential that we have a new national Sick Kids Hospital here in Edinburgh that is equipped to deal with the demands of 21st century paediatric healthcare. Over one hundred thousand children are treated at the hospital every year, 25% of whom are from out with the Lothians.
‘No matter where you live in Scotland, you never know when you’ll need the Sick Kids and I urge everyone to get behind this very worthy campaign and support our sick kids.’
George Foulkes MSP says: ‘This event is about raising awareness and getting people on board to support our sick kids. All MSPs have been invited to wear an item of pyjamas in show of their support for the campaign and to hear all about how we can help the new pyjamas campaign.’
Among those attending the reception will be children and families who have benefitted from the exceptional healthcare available at Sick Kids. One of the speakers will be a member of the Young People’s Advisory Board, who are all patients of the Sick Kids and who are taking part in the consultation process for the new hospital.
The new pyjamas campaign will fund equipment and services that are not covered by standard NHS budgets, including capital equipment at the forefront of paediatric healthcare which will, in turn, attract the very best medical practitioners to the Sick Kids.
Elaine McGonigle, Director of the new pyjamas campaign says: ‘Having the support of Jack McConnell and George Foulkes to spearhead this event means that we can get a really important message out to everyone in the country.
‘All the MSP’s and guests invited to this event will know children in their constituencies and communities who have benefitted at some time from the exceptional care at Sick Kids.
‘Encouraging everyone to get involved is what this is all about: a simple but important message delivered in a fun and friendly way.’
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Notes for editors
Funds raised by the new pyjamas campaign will pay for medical equipment, facilities for patients and their families, research and training at the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) in Edinburgh.
Monies raised by the new pyjamas campaign will also be used in a variety of ways to support patients and their families so that they have some of the comforts of home in a hospital setting. This includes a Drop In centre, play equipment and family accommodation.
The new pyjamas campaign relies solely on voluntary donations.