On December 3rd 2011, my sister in law gave birth to my little nephew Oliver who was born at 12.44am at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, weighing just 5 lbs 10.5 oz. Two days shy of being four weeks old, he was rushed to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow as he had a high temperature. After a number of hours and the obligatory urine and blood tests, Oliver then had lumbar puncture to take fluid from around his spine to check for meningitis. At first my brother & sister in law thought it may have just been a urine infection but were later told that he had contracted Viral Meningitis, not the most serious strain of the disease but serious enough that it hit the entire family for six when we heard the word meningitis. Oliver is now on the mend and was released from hospital on January 1st 2012.

So to try to repay the love and the attention that the Yorkhill staff have shown Oliver & other children like him, in such a short space of time, my brother decided to start fundraising to try raise at least £1000 for the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.

Yorkhill Children’s Foundation provides enhanced medical equipment and resources which benefit sick children and babies who are treated at Yorkhill Hospital and within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. These can include innovative medical equipment, improvements in child and family facilities and paediatric research and training

Yorkhill Hospital has touched millions of lives since it first opened its doors in 1882. It exists to help sick children get better, yet it does so much more. As the largest children’s hospital in Scotland, Yorkhill has a worldwide reputation for excellence, treating over 150,000 children from across Scotland every year. Yorkhill Hospital is the sole Scottish provider of a number of highly specialised services including cardiac surgery, kidney and bone marrow transplants, paediatric intensive care and endoprosthetic bone replacement. It is also one of the only four UK children’s hospitals with an ECMO machine offering life support for children.

Without public support none of this would be possible.

I’m helping my brother with his fundraising for Yorkhill Children’s Foundation & it would mean a lot if you could donate as little or as much as you can afford to help young children within Scotland who need help. A few pounds would make all the difference to children’s lives & help the charity significantly.

If you would like to donate, please go to the JustGiving page that has been set up where 100% of all money donated goes straight to the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation or use the donation widget below.

No matter how much you donate, it all makes a difference.