SCHOOLS, community groups and businesses from across Scotland have donned their PJs to help families at a new capital children’s hospital get a good night’s rest.
Hundreds took part in Ronald McDonald House Charities’ annual PJ Day campaign to raise money for the independent charity which provides free “home away from home” accommodation to families with sick children in hospitals across the UK.
Edinburgh will become home to the 15th Ronald McDonald House later this year when the new 25-bedroom House opens at the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People.
And various groups took part by wearing their favourite pyjamas to work or school to raise money, with many holding fundraising activities including holding cake sales, film nights and even a charity step class to raise more than £2,100 for the charity.
Local schools, nurseries, football clubs and businesses in the Capital took part in PJ Day, raising money and awareness whilst wearing their zaniest pyjamas as they went about their day.
Staff and children at Kidzcare nurseries and out of school clubs across Edinburgh took part in PJ day raising a wonderful £200.64 for the hospital – enough to help accommodate a family at a Ronald McDonald House for more than one week.
Kidzcare recently selected the charity as their official charity partner for 2018/19. Once open in late 2018, Ronald McDonald House Edinburgh will support more than 500 families annually.
Funded by fast-food giant McDonald’s, the facility is designed to enable parents to stay free-of-charge close to their children during stays. Annual accommodation running costs of £300,000 will be funded by the charity for 25 years.
The building will feature lounges, kitchens, laundry facilities and a playroom, while every bedroom has a telephone linked directly to the children’s wards and will be open 365 days a year.
Lauren Brucker, supporter engagement officer said “We are thrilled to have the support of the Edinburgh community and groups across Scotland for our first ever PJ Day.”
She added: “The awareness and funds raised from this special event will help us to keep families together and close to their child in hospital. We are truly grateful.”
The 26-bedroom ‘home away from home’ will open on the top floor of the hospital, when it opens at Little France next spring.
Parent accommodation at the £150 million Little France site will be expanded from the seven bedrooms currently provided by the Sick Kids Friends Foundation at Sciennes Road.