The design was inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi, the method of piecing broken pottery back together using a lacquer mixed with gold or other precious metals. The lines of repair are not unsightly blemishes, but beautiful marks that embrace imperfection and enhance the object’s history. The meandering gold lines proudly represent the journey of the children who have spent time at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, recognising their resilience, strength and unique experiences.
Founded in 1961, The Robertson Trust is currently the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland and has a vision to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities in Scotland – inspired by the example of our founders, the Robertson Sisters. The Robertson Trust has always been committed to supporting work which helps people across Scotland realise their true potential. By developing an integrated care environment around the needs of patients and their families, ECHC’s support is helping to transform the experiences of children and young people in hospital, often through creative and fun approaches. As well as creating a more positive environment and offering much-needed respite and support for families, this work has real potential to improve longer term outcomes for patients. We are thrilled that the new facility is now open and playing a key role in children’s healthcare in Scotland. We look forward to seeing how its work develops in the future.