The Hydro turns purple for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity

Emily and Emma at The Hydro
Emily and Emma at The Hydro

Twins Emma and Emily McHugh pledged to Plaster it Purple in aid of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity as one of the city’s most-loved landmarks lit up to kick off the charity’s latest campaign.

The girls, who have been fundraising for the charity for four years, visited the city’s SSE Hydro – which was specially illuminated purple to mark the start of a month-long fundraising drive.

From now until 31st October individuals, businesses and schools across Scotland are encouraged to Plaster it Purple by donning, decorating and getting creative with the colour purple in aid of the charity, which supports patients at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children and their families.

Eight-year-old Emma and Emily from East Kilbride – who have first-hand experience of the hospital environment – were among the first to pledge their support to the cause, with plenty of purple-themed plans up their sleeves.

Little Emily, who has spina bifida, scoliosis of the spine and hydronophrosis of her right kidney, attends the Royal Hospital for Children regularly, and has had three major operations over the years.

Her mum, Tracey McHugh, said: “As a family we are very familiar with the Royal Hospital for Children, and are exceptionally grateful for the work of the surgeons, doctors, nurses and other staff, as well as the support offered by Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

“Emily is under the care of four different surgeons, all of whom she has fantastic relationships with. The staff and volunteers have made our visits to the hospital a positive experience for her and for her sister Emma, who is very much a part of Emily’s ‘hospital life’.

“Over the years the girls have organised Christmas gift appeals, a teddy trek and various other activities to give back to the charity – and as a family we take part in various events to raise extra money. When we heard about Plaster it Purple, there was no question of getting involved. We’ll be having our first purple event the weekend of 6th and 7th October and we can’t wait.”

Kirsten Sinclair, Chief Operating Officer at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We’re thrilled to have the support of Emma and Emily – as well as the iconic SSE Hydro – as we kick-start our month-long Plaster it Purple campaign.

“We’ve already had a great response from our supporters and partners, including NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde who are lighting up the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital purple for the entire month.

“There are so many ways to fundraise – from themed dress-up or dress-down days to purple coffee mornings or challenges – we’d encourage everyone to get involved in any way they can.

“The money raised will help us fund family support services, medical equipment and hospital play programmes to support our young patients and their families at Scotland’s largest children’s hospital.”

For more information on Plaster it Purple, visit the charity website here, or to request a fundraising pack, email info@glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org or call 0141 212 8750.