The ARCHIE Foundation - £20,000
Making the difference for sick children
Established 10 years ago, The ARCHIE Foundation provides extensive support to families of sick children when they're in hospital or require long-term medical treatment. They transform buildings and outdoor spaces into child-friendly environments; fund specialist staff and advanced equipment; and provide care and support for families of sick children.
The positive imapact of outdoor spaces
The Foundation’s work aims to have a significant, positive impact for approximately 200,000 children who require hospital care each year. In April 2016, the new 30 bed ARCHIE Highland Children’s Unit was opened and the funding from the Crerar Trust was put towards refurbishing its gardens and outdoor play area. Gardens have a positive impact on mental health, reducing feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness.
All weather play
Part of the Foundation’s Fresh Air Project, the refurbishment’s aim is to create a safe, all-weather play area accessible directly from the children’s ward. The Trust’s £20,000 donation was for the purchase and installation of large PVC sails, creating shade in the summer and protection from light snow in the winter, allowing children to spend longer outside.