22nd September, 2015

Performers from The Edinburgh Dungeon captured the imagination of children at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, where the team spent the day scene-setting and storytelling to bring 1000 years of Scotland’s murky history to life.


The event was coordinated by the hospital’s charity, the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF) and The Edinburgh Dungeon charity programme, Merlin’s Magic Wand to create excitement in ward 3’s dedicated playroom, offering a creative, comedic twist to the arts education.


Fiona O’Sullivan, arts programme manager at SKFF explained: “Keeping a child’s imagination alive is essential for the healing process and overall wellbeing of our patients. We work hard to create an inspiring and stimulating environment on-site by funding a variety of arts programmes but we also have to rely on the generosity of others.


 “At SKFF we welcome the support of individuals, groups and companies from all over Scotland, encouraging them to ‘get involved’ in any way they can to help us continue our work transforming the hospital experience for children and young people.


“Our philosophy at SKFF is to allow our patients to be children first and patients second – making the performance visit perfect for the hospital.”


Edward Evans, general manager at The Edinburgh Dungeon said: “The Sick Kids Friends Foundation is an amazing organisation which does a fantastic job at enriching the experience of the children it helps.


“Through our work with Merlin’s Magic Wand, we too believe in putting magic back into the lives of children and agree with the values of the team at SKFF who put a child’s happiness at the forefront. We work to make sure nothing gets in the way of being a child – no matter what the situation.”


As part of a world-wide initiative, Merlin’s Magic Wand has recently launched a local outreach project, ‘Taking the Magic to the Children’, to ensure that even those prevented from visiting the attractions have the opportunity to experience the unique magic of Merlin. 



To explore some of the different ways to get involved in helping the Sick Kids Friends Foundation or to find out more about Merlin’s Magic Wand, visit /



Notes to Editors


  • Shows on the regular Edinburgh Dungeon tour include: The Judge, Torturer, Sawney Bean: Cave of the Cannibals (including Boat Ride), Dr Knox’s Anatomy Theatre, Burke and Hare: The Business of Murder, Street of Sorrows, The Green Lady, Drop Dead: Drop Ride to Doom and the Labyrinth of Lost Souls.
  • MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 109 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and c26,000 employees (peak season). 
  • Among Merlin’s attractions are - SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park Resort, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK.  All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit for more information.


About The Royal Hospital for Sick Children

Working closely with the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF), The Royal Hospital for Sick Children actively works to enrich the creative environment for each of the 100,000 children in their care each year, from acute to the critical care patients. The SKFF does this by funding innovative art projects and encouraging the help of volunteers from around Scotland to transform the experiences of children in hospital so they can focus on being a child first and a patient second.


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