Yorkhill Children's Foundation funds many vital projects that are invaluable to the treatment, care, physical and mental wellbeing of children and their families from throughout Scotland and beyond who are treated at Yorkhill Hospital and related facilities. Established in 2001,
Yorkhill Hospital has touched millions of lives, including those of Warriors players past and present, 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.
These projects include: innovative medical equipment; improvements in child and family facilities; patient and family support; paediatric research and training; entertainment and fun activities for the children.
In March 2012, Glasgow Warriors themed the RaboDirect PRO12 home match against Cardiff Blues as a Yorkhill Children’s Foundation game. The players all wore the charity’s logo on their shirts for the live TV match, and five of the strips were subsequently auctioned or raffled. Over £3,500 was raised for the charity at the game.