Capital ‘eating out’ campaign will help kids medical charity

EAT Out Edinburgh, the campaign run by Edinburgh’s Business Improvement District to promote food and drink venues in the city centre, has announced a new partnership with Scottish charity Kids Operating Room (KidsOR) as it aims to help children in developing countries. 

KidsOR, based in Edinburgh, installs paediatric operating rooms in 23 different countries and aims to provide vital operations to 100,000 children. 

The partnership will see venues participating in this year’s Eat Out Edinburgh campaign – running from 13th to 26th March – giving their guests the option to add £1 to their bill. 

There will also be QR donation codes and tap-to-donate options in venues as well as bespoke drinks and menu items, with all proceeds from those items going to the charity. 

Roddy Smith, chief executive of Essential Edinburgh, the Business Improvement District behind Eat Out Edinburgh, said: “Partnering with such an impactful organisation as KidsOR means that Eat Out Edinburgh can create an impact far beyond the city centre. 

“KidsOR has changed the lives of children and families across the globe. Our hope is that – through the generosity of Edinburgh residents and visitors – we can help make that impact just a bit stronger.”

Frances Irvine of KidsOR said the organisation was ‘honoured to be chosen as charity partner for Eat Out Edinburgh’.

“As an Edinburgh-based charity, we really benefit from the generosity of our city and love the idea that eating out in some of Edinburgh’s best bars and restaurants will support children’s life changing operations around the world,” said Irvine. 

“We would like to thank Eat Out Edinburgh and everyone who contributes throughout the event– your kindness and support allows us to expand our life-saving work.”

Eat Out Edinburgh will look to encourage customers into city centre venues through a range of activities including special tasting menus, events and special offers in participating outlets. 

More than 30 bars and restaurants across Edinburgh city centre will take part in the initiative.