Santa delivery to RHCYP

Santa took some time out of his busy schedule to hop on the CCLASP bus to pick up and deliver gifts and selection boxes to the children being treated at the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People (RHCYP) today.

Covid restrictions meant that we were unable to deliver direct to the wards, however we know that the nurses will distribute them for us (thank you).

A thank you shout out to the Toby Carvery (Balmwell), Chris Ewing Karate and a lady from Liberton Day Hospital for their donations and to the elves at the Toby Carvery who helped Santa to load the CCLASP minibus.

Ho, ho, ho …. have a safe & healthy Christmas and New Year. 




Christmas Message

2021 – Another “annus covidus”

Well 2021 is drawing to close with Covid playing the Grinch once more. So many things have been cancelled again this year, not just for CCLASP, but we will continue to find ways to keep going (safely) despite the challenges.

Since June we have made a lot of progress – the Centre is being used, with a group from the Teenage Cancer Trust having a pizza night, staff from the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People (RHCYP) have been using it for meetings, online counselling and yoga continue and we have formed great new relationships with the RHCYP and other like minded organisations.

Here’s to 2022

A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes and 2022 will see the planning take shape. Here is a taste of some things to look forward to in 2022:

  • The cottage at Muthill and the roof garden are going to get makeovers
  • Families of CCLASP and Friends of CCLASP will be launched
  • Some karate will be on offer for brothers & sisters as we look to ensure that they are not missed out.
  • Counselling & yoga will continue but is likely to be a mix of online and in the Howat Hub (all Covid dependent)
  • LoveOliver joins us at the Howat Hub
  • And more, which we will tell you about as details are firmed up.

2022 is looking good, so far.

Availability during the festive season

The Howat Hub will be closed from 23rd December 2021 to 5th January 2022.

Hospital transport will still be running, but please give us at least 3 days notice if you can so that we have a fighting chance of being able to help.

If you want to get in touch with us please use the Contact Form. We would like to reduce the use of Messenger as this is not checked as frequently.


All at CCLASP wish everyone a safe, Covid-free Christmas and New Year.

Festive Hub

Thank you GP Plantscape for providing the beautiful tree, wreaths and garlands which have brought Christmas cheer to the Howat Hub. We are looking forward to working with them to give the rooftop garden a makeover in the first half of 2022.


Thank you – Chris Ewing Karate

Chris Ewing Karate has kindly donated a huge number of selection boxes which we will distribute to children at the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People (RHCYP). We are hoping that Santa might give us a wee hand, but he is pretty busy just now, so we will keep our fingers crossed.

There is also the possibility, next year, for Chris to run some karate sessions for CCLASP families. Karate is therapeutic – here is a quote from the CEK website “Karate is a fun and useful sport it can help children who have social or confidence issues and the kids are often required to support each other and build up team and club spirit. They will make new friends and might see a few familiar faces from their school classes as Chris works with all the Active Schools Co-ordinator’s in Edinburgh and the Lothian’s. Often Chris takes part in Lothian Health Weeks by giving taster sessions at many Primary Schools. The training sessions also provide a positive outlet for excess or built up energy. More importantly it is an excellent way for your child to increase their fitness and have fun while doing so.”

This would be great fun for all brothers and sisters – keep an eye out for news about this.

Thank you Chris and everyone in the karate club for their donation and support.