We helped Pippa raise thousands for children in hospital.
We launched a new site for Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity (ECHC) in Autumn 2016. The site was needed to support the charity as they prepared for the opening of a new hospital in Edinburgh and to help raise the £3 million pledged to the new building.
An iconic institution in Edinburgh, the original Sick Kids hospital is beloved by parents and children across the city. The ECHC charity helps support the hospital and other young people’s community health care settings by raising funds and distributing grants. With an existing archaic website, they desperately needed a new online presence that would:
- Help raise money in two ways; through donations and spend on the online shop
- Raise awareness of their purpose, activities, and offerings
- Support the raising of the £3 million pledged to the new hospital
- Provide them with the tools they need to grow their charity over the years to come
Immediately during our strategy workshop, it became clear that the site had to cater to a wide audience. Supporters and parents were the primary two audiences but the site also had to strongly appeal to healthcare professionals and corporate funders. A visual style and tone of voice that would cross and connect with all users was therefore imperative.
By talking to a range of audience members, we also discovered the wealth of fantastic stories that each had to tell. From parents and children to doctors and corporate funders, we had access to a pool of people who were passionate about the hospital and the help that the charity facilitated.
This story driven approach would form the backbone of our strategy for the content on the new website.
Working closely with the ECHC team, we created a series of stories for the website that covers a large variety of the work they do. These page layouts uses large pull quotes and bright, happy colours. The power in these pages though comes from the written copy itself.
Based on our findings during the strategy workshop, we invited a number of parents to write their own stories for the website, and a photographer was then sent to capture each family at home, in hospital or in the ECHC family centre. The result is a series of shareable landing pages that explain why people need ECHC and why they choose to volunteer or donate. They are some of the most popular pages on site.
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