Yorkhill Children's Trust

Administrative / Biographical History

Yorkhill Children’s Trust was founded c1981. It raised funds for the purchase of items, additional to NHS provision, for RHSC and for babies in the Paediatric (newborn) Department of the Queen Mother’s Hospital. Lady Betty Gunn was Chairman of the Yorkhill Children’s Trust from 1983-1992 and was then made Honorary President. She died 22 Jan 2002.

Items bought or money being raised by 1988 included:

  • Ultrasound scanner – main scanner used in RHSC, cost £42,000 and was bought in co-operation with Scottish Brewers.
  • Breathing monitors for premature babies and babies at special risk of cot death
  • Blood pressure monitors
  • Transcutaneous oximeters. Cost £3,250 each –essential for patients in the Intensive Care Units
  • Dialysis Unit: one new improved dialysis unit for children bought at cost of £5,500
  • Total body scanner: £600,000 needed. Fund-raising for this organised as the Yorkhill Kids Appeal. Raised £900,000
  • Yorkhill Sick Children’s Appeal- £600,000 for equipment for intensive care areas of RHSC

The name changed to Yorkhill Sick Children’s Fund c1990 and the main fund-raising campaigns were

  • 1990 CT scanner purchased
  • End of 1996 launched Yorkhill Scanner Appeal to raise £1,500,000 for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging [MRI] Scanner for RHSC. Appeal taken up and publicised by Saturday Evening Times. 17 January 20001 HRH the Princess Royal officially opened RHSC MRI suite (which had become operational in 1999). The MRI suite is named in memory of Dr Anne Hollman, Consultant Radiologist at Yorkhill NHS Trust for 11 years, who died of cancer in November 1999
  • c2000. Magic Million Appeal with Evening Times to raise £1,000,000 for new ICU