What? Why? Children in Hospital (WWCIH) was founded in January 2015 by Marit Boot. There is now a team of enthusiastic trustees of the board who support and provide governance to the work of the organisation. What? Why? Children in Hospital is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) with charity number SC045436.
Amy joined WWCIH as a trustee having successfully used the videos to support her own daughter Sosi who was born with a condition that has resulted in multiple hospital admissions and invasive procedures. Coming from a psychology background and having worked extensively with children and families, Amy believes that knowledge is key when preparing children for hospital. When children and their parents and caregivers have the opportunity to ask questions and understand what is involved, it makes preparing for the event much easier; ultimately reducing anxiety and supporting good emotional and mental health and wellbeing. This is at the heart of the WWCIH ethos and is what drew Amy to the organisation.
Amy's background is in training and development predominantly within the voluntary sector. She now works as a yoga teacher and hypnotherapist where she supports children, families and individuals.
Dr. Marit Boot
Joanna became a Trustee of What? Why? Children in Hospital to help the charity build on its already strong foundations and support its next stage of development. Currently the Senior Impact and Evaluation Consultant at Changeworks, Joanna is passionate about the role of third sector organisations in creating a better world for future generations. Joanna originally trained as an academic but was attracted to the social enterprise and charity sector, where she has spent the past 10 years publishing action-oriented research and managing projects. As a former Director of the Fair Tax Mark and Ethical Consumer, she has experience in the governance and development of mission-led organisations, and is delighted to be putting these skills at the service of an innovative and impactful charity like WWCIH.