In 2014, Elizabeth Bremner, an Associate in Turcan Connell's Employment team, was appointed to the Board of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF).

SKFF was formed in late 1992 following the successful £11 million TASK Appeal to raise funds for the building of a new wing at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. The Foundation was formed by combining the Friends of the Royal Hospital and the TASK Appeal Committee into a new Scottish charity (Reg no. SC020862) and brought together members of staff from the hospital, parents of patients and committed volunteers from the business community.

Its purpose is to provide extra funding in addition to NHS provision in four main areas:

  • extra comforts for sick children being cared for at the hospital and in the community;
  • extra state of the art medical equipment;
  • extra family and child-friendly facilities; and
  • extra training and research.

Since then, the Foundation has grown from raising £300,000 per annum to the current level of around £1.5 million. Elizabeth added:

"My three year old daughter Emily was diagnosed with cellulitis and osteomyelitis when she was one and she was swiftly admitted to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children where she received life-saving treatment. She is now fully recovered thanks to their efforts.

"This experience allowed me to fully appreciate the work of SKFF and I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to join the Board. The work the Foundation does is incredible and I hope that I will be able to assist them in continuing to make such a difference to children's healthcare in Scotland."

Elizabeth joined Turcan Connell as a trainee in 2003 and qualified into the Employment Team in 2005. Elizabeth is dual-qualified in English and Scots Law and works closely with our Charities Team advising on all aspects of Employment Law.

Further informaiton on the Sick Kids Friends Foundation can be found here.

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