SQA staff announce new charity partners

      Representatives from YAMS (l) and ECHC (r), along with SQA staff, celebrate the new charity partnership

SQA staff have chosen the two local charities that they will support over the next two years.

Colleagues based at our site near Dalkeith in Midlothian will organise fundraising activities for the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC), whilst fundraisers in our Glasgow office will be working with You Are My Sunshine (YAMS).

The ECHC supports the work of Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children (The Sick Kids) as well as other children’s healthcare settings across Scotland. The charity assists the families of sick children, and offers fun activities for the young patients throughout their treatment, to make their time in hospital more enjoyable.

Amy Ford, Corporate Fundraiser at Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, says: “We’re thrilled to be the new charity partner for SQA’s Dalkeith office and would like to say a huge thank you to all SQA staff who voted for us.

“ECHC moved offices into Wester Shawfair just under two years ago, and so it’s wonderful to now be partners as well as neighbours. We’re very much looking forward to the next two years of working together to transform the lives of children and young people in hospital, so they can be a child first and a patient second.”

You Are My Sunshine is based in North Lanarkshire and delivers mental health therapy, support and advice to the local community from their base in Brannock High School, in Newarthill near Motherwell. The charity offers a variety of free mental health awareness sessions, as well as craft and sports activities for service users.

Rhonda Jones, YAMS Chair, said at the launch: "We are very thankful to be chosen as the charity partner for SQA's Glasgow office. Our Mental Health Hub is possible only because of the generosity of individuals and organisations. SQA's support will help us to raise awareness about mental health, and provide support to those in need in the local community and beyond."

The announcement of the two new charities was also SQA's first fundraising event for them, with staff selling strawberries and cream to their colleagues.

Rosemary Mooney, SQA Responsible Business Manager, says: “We’re looking forward to getting started with our fundraising activities for our two new charities. As they have done in previous years, I’m sure that SQA staff will embrace the opportunity to support these fantastic causes, and give something back to our local communities.”

Every two years, SQA staff choose a charity partner local to their Dalkeith and Glasgow offices. Dalkeith based staff have been fundraising for the British Heart Foundation, whilst their colleagues in the west of Scotland have been supporting SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health). In total, £14,000 was raised for these two charities.

Follow our Twitter page for regular updates from colleagues as we support our new charities over the next two years.