Pyreos – the Edinburgh-based passive infra-red sensor developer – has announced a fundraising commitment with The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, supporting children and their parents being treated at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation was founded in 1992 to help sick children and their families and exists to transform their experiences in hospital so they can be a child first and a patient second.

The Foundation has also pledged to raise £2.9m to provide exciting and innovative advancements at the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children, currently being built at the Royal Infirmary at Little France in Edinburgh and scheduled to open in autumn 2017. This will include comfortable and interactive waiting spaces and child friendly distractions in clinical areas.

Pyreos designs, develops and manufactures passive infra-red sensors that are built into a wide range of devices, from motion sensors for buildings and scientific instruments in laboratories through to equipment for detecting flames on oil rigs and for identifying contaminated milk.

The firm is based at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre on the University of Edinburgh’s Kings Buildings campus and employs 30 staff.

Gary Osborne, vice president engineering at Pyreos explained: “The team wanted to support a local charity that would allow us all to raise funds on a regular basis, rather than during one off events.

“We have already enjoyed introducing small fundraising mechanisms including coffee mornings and a ‘wear red’ day, and we are currently working on another event for March.

“The fundraising drive has broadened out beyond the Pyreos team to attract involvement from the other technology businesses at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre. Combined events such as our Burns Night raffle helped raise more than Pyreos could achieve its own and we’re grateful for everyone’s contributions.

“We were delighted to present our first donation of £450 to Susan Veitch from The Sick Kids Friends Foundation and we are currently busy identifying a number of sporting events for the staff to participate in during 2016.”

Susan Veitch the partnerships manager at the charity, said “It is wonderful having Pyreos on board and with their help we can transform the lives of children in hospital so that they are children first and patients second.

“With this support we can provide distractions for children in the wards or accommodation for an anxious parent so that they can stay close to their child. Thank you to all the staff of Pyreos.”