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Board of trustees boosted

Four hired to aid children’s hospital

Keith Anderson, ScottishPowerFour business leaders have joined the board of trustees for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.

The Edinburgh-based charity has appointed John Brodie, chief executive of Scotmid; Keith Anderson (pictured), chief corporate officer, Scottish Power; Mike Tumilty, director of operations at Standard Life Investments; and Tracey Ashworth-Davies, HR director for TD Direct Investing.

They will help ensure the continuation of good governance in what is regarded as a pivotal year for SKFF. It supports the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) as it prepares to relocate to a new home at Little France early next year.

The charity is supporting this move, having already contributed more than £3 million to the new building to transform the hospital experience for children and young people.

Lindsay Gardiner, chairman of SKFF and chairman of PwC in Scotland, said: “This is a particularly exciting time and we want to be sure we are providing the very best support possible to facilitate a smooth transition to the new hospital.

“Good governance is of paramount importance to all charities and SKFF is no different. So we’re very pleased to be able to welcome our new trustees on to the board as they bring a wealth of skills and experience from a variety of backgrounds.

“Vitally, they are all local and  in the past had direct contact with the services of RHSC, so they understand firsthand just how important the work that SKFF does is in terms of giving children and young people a positive hospital experience.”

The charity recently reported it had had a record-breaking 2016, smashing its target for donations to soar past the £1.8m mark, as well as paying out £3,180,815 in grants and donations – the highest amount ever paid in one year.

In total, SKFF made 82 grants to provide valuable support – such as donations of equipment, training and research – to the RHSC as well as some services within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). It also funded projects and services delivered at St John’s Hospital in Livingston and Borders General Hospital.

Mr Gardiner added: “Last year was our most successful year to date, both in terms of fundraising and the amount we handed out in grants, and we’re aspiring to have an even bigger 2017 thanks to this once in a lifetime opportunity to support the new hospital move.”

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