Aimees Fund

History of Aimee’s Fund

Aimee’s Fund was set up in 2015 following the tragic loss of Aimee Buchan who died aged 7 years old following the development of MAS – (Macrophage Activation Syndrome), a rare complication of systemic JIA.

Following Aimee’s death many of her friends and family have raised incredible sums of money and donated them to SNAC. It was decided that a fund should be established in memory of Aimee, to honour her memory and to support children across Scotland living with JIA.

SNAC are very grateful to her family and many friends for the incredible fund-raising and awareness raising and hope this fund will continue to support children in her memory.


A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed…
We feel lucky to have seen it.

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Applying for a Grant

Small grants can be made for items which are for any child in Scotland with JIA and which will help with every day activities, school work, homework etc and will improve the life of the child with JIA. The fund is for children up to the age of 16 with JIA who would benefit from financial assistance in order to improve their quality of life. A supporting statement from a member of the local rheumatology team is required detailing why the item is needed. The maximum award is £500 although larger grants may be considered in extenuating circumstances.

The applicant’s parent/carer can download the form below.  Please complete it and either send to your local rheumatology team member for them to add a supporting statement, or send it, along with the statement directly to SNAC.

The information required from the relevant local rheumatology team member is:

  • confirmation of the child’s details including diagnosis.
  • confirmation that the item/service requested is relevant and required as a result of having JIA (or resultant/associated condition).
  • if the request is for a therapy/alternative therapy which is not available via the NHS then confirmation that it is a recognised therapy and not counter-productive to the patient
  • their signature

Download the form

Application Form for a Grant from Aimees Fund

Guidance Notes for a Grant from Aimees Fund