"Being told that we could stay for free, for as long as we needed, at the Ronald McDonald House was a huge relief, both emotionally and financially. It meant that for two and a half weeks we could be as close as possible to Faith without the strain of paying for a hotel which might not even have been that close to the hospital. My biggest fear would have been leaving Faith in hospital feeling like I couldn't be with her quickly, if she needed me."
Hannah Jeffery, Faith's mum
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides 'home away from home' accommodation for families with children in hospital, somewhere free to stay for as long as they need to. There are currently 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK and in 2013, they helped over 7,000 families stay close to their children in hospital.
When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness or injury the world stops in an instant; nothing matters but healing that child. To get the best specialist medical care for their child, a family must often travel far from home and stay for weeks, months or even years. During this difficult time, families not only struggle to support their sick child; they have to care for their other children, keep their jobs, pay bills, and maintain some degree of normal family life.
With so much to balance, they shouldn't have to worry about anything else. We believe keeping families together, keeps them strong.
Thanks to the fundraising, donations, volunteering and awareness raising of our supporters, our Houses were able to help more than 7,000 families in 2013.
We are a registered charity, governed by a board of independent Trustees. We rely on public and corporate donations, along with support from Trusts, statutory bodies and legacies to keep our Ronald McDonald Houses open and to provide more family accommodation at specialist children's hospitals.
We have achieved a lot in the last 25 years. However, there is still a great deal to do. Our mission is to ensure we have sufficient funds and expertise to develop and sustain free accommodation at every specialist children's hospital in the UK.
Our biggest corporate supporter is McDonald's, whose customers donate millions of pounds each year by dropping their loose change in the collection boxes at the tills. McDonald's staff, restaurant owners and suppliers also support the Charity by fundraising, donating their personal time and making donations. McDonald's continue to be an essential, valuable and sustaining partner.
Find out how our relationship began.Watch Video
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides free 'home away from home' accommodation for families with children in hospital. But our Houses provide much more than just a free place to stay. They offer comfort, support and a safe environment, enabling families to stay strong for their children in hospital.
Communal areas, such as kitchens, dining rooms, lounges and playrooms, allow families to come together and share their experiences of having a child in hospital.
To maintain a degree of normality, siblings and extended family can visit and stay at the Houses too. We offer normality, somewhere families can call home when the rest of their world is in turmoil.
Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child - not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest.
"We didn't know if our son was going to live or die. We wanted to be near him, but we couldn't stay on the neo-natal intensive care unit. That's when a nurse told us about the Ronald McDonald House. To be a few minutes away from Luca's bedside provided us with so much comfort and meant we could support each other at what was a crucial time of our lives - it was invaluable."
Katie Gardiner, Luca's mum
There are currently 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK. To find out which hospitals we operate from, or to find a local House to support, use the map or buttons below.
The family accommodation we provide is free of charge and a stone's throw from the children's ward
In 2013, over 7,000 families stayed in a Ronald McDonald House, close to their children in hospital
Every bedroom in a Ronald McDonald House has a telephone linked directly to the children's ward.
Our Houses are open 365 days a year, providing free accommodation and a place for families to rest, relax, eat and be together, away from the stress of the hospital ward.
Families can stay for as long as they need to. The longest time a family has stayed in one of our Houses is 828 days.
We are an independent charity and so the donations and fundraising efforts of our supporters are vital to the families who stay in our Houses. Just £25 will provide a family with free accommodation for one night, so every penny you can spare really does make a huge difference.
One of the best ways in which you can support Ronald McDonald House Charities is to set up a monthly Standing Order or Direct Debit. Having regular, reliable income enables us to plan well for the future and commit to building more Houses and support more families.
There are lots of other ways to fundraise for Ronald McDonald House Charities. You could challenge yourself to complete a run, walk or swim and get your friends to sponsor you, or you could organise your own fundraising event such as a pub quiz, themed party or a cake sale at work. Whichever way you choose, we and our families thank you.
We wouldn't be able to help families with children in hospital without the amazing support we get from our corporate partners.
Research shows that families with a sick child in hospital can face unexpected extra expenses of up to £2,000 per hospital visit, in travel, hotel bills and food costs. When a family has a room in a Ronald McDonald House, these sudden extras are minimised. By helping us build and run Houses at specialist children's hospitals, not only do you keep families together when they need it most, you also have a huge social impact on local communities.
Whether you want to support your local House or get involved on a more strategic national level to help us build new Houses, we'd love to work with you. We can create a tailored partnership package which includes a structured volunteering programme and exclusive fundraising challenges for your company, to help boost staff motivation and develop leadership and team-working skills.
To find out more, please call the corporate fundraising team on 0844 840 0844.
If you would like to volunteer at your local House or want advice on fundraising.Get In Touch
Could pay for a toiletry kit for a family who leaves their home in a rush and arrives at the House without anything they need for a stay away.
Could look after one family for one night.
Could buy a telephone to provide a direct link between a family and their child's ward.
Could pay for a set of bed linen and a duvet to keep a family warm at night.
Could pay for toys for one of our playrooms to help siblings of sick children adjust to their stay in our Houses.
Help us to run our Ronald McDonald Houses by donating to a House that is close to your heart - perhaps you stayed there or know someone that did, or maybe it's in your hometown? Running costs can reach up to £600,000 each year depending on the size of the House. Your support is urgently needed so we can continue to provide these safe and supportive homes for families with children in hospital.Find a House
To donate offline please send a cheque made out to RMHC to the following address:
11-59 High Road,
If you are supporting a specific House, please enclose a note with the cheque stating which House you would like the donation to go to.
Download a standing order form and post back to us at the address above.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Sunday 14th September 2014 to Wednesday 17th September 2014
Join us for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Leisure Classic 2014.
Take a trip overseas to enjoy our annual golf challenge and the many other leisure activities on offer such as Orienteering, Barcelona City Visits and spa treatments.
Dates: Sunday 14 September - Wednesday 17 September 2014
Venue: Hilton Doubletree, La Mola. Barcelona, Spain
Leisure Options: Golf Tournament, Spa, City Visit, Orienteering
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Wednesday 3rd September 2014 to Sunday 7th September 2014
Join a group of like-minded cyclists as you cycle for 300 miles, in 3 countries to 3 capitals - London, Amsterdam and Brussels. An exciting cycle challenge combined with breath-taking city sights makes this a European challenge extravaganza! This superb charity bike ride caters for every level of cyclist. Join us for one of the best cycling challenge experiences in Europe!
Registration fee: £149
Minimum Sponsorship £1380
To register for this event, please follow this link.
We would love to hear from you. Please complete the form below - we will aim to respond within five working days. If you would like to get in contact with a specific Ronald McDonald House, click here to find a House.
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