Family fun day raises charity cash
A family fun day at Kingsbury Water Park in Sutton Coldfield made a big splash on Sunday (6 September 2015) by raising more than £10,000 for charity.
Around 260 people took advantage of some rare summer sunshine and turned out for the all-day event held in aid of Ronald McDonald House Birmingham – the free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Ronald McDonald House staff and supporters, including McDonald’s franchisees and local businesses, pulled out the stops to arrange a memorable day for all ages. Among the attractions for children young and old were raffles, a sports day, stalls selling tasty treats including cupcakes and a coconut shy.
A sponsored walk around the grounds of Kingsbury Water Park was held in the morning and proved to be popular with tireless trekkers who were sponsored by family and friends.
The fun day, including the sponsored walk, has so far raised £10,000 for Ronald McDonald House Birmingham with sponsorship monies still coming in.
Pragati Rana, Fundraising Assistant at Ronald McDonald House Birmingham, says:
“What a lovely way to bring summer to a close. We were pleased that so many people wanted to be part of our fun day and judging from the smiles on everyone’s faces it certainly lived up to the billing.
“We are so grateful to everyone who helped make it happen. We would particularly like to thank everyone on our fundraising committee, as well as staff from United Coffee Company and Mr Electric, who kindly gave up their time to make the day such a success. Our thanks also go to RBS, McCain’s, HSBC, Network Catering, Network Maintenance, United Coffee Company, Password, Marcon, HKI, Scott Young Research, Mark James, Moriaty and Windsor’s who all sponsored the event.”
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Birmingham visit www.rmhc.org.uk/birmingham.
For more pictures or further information please contact:
Alex Goldup, T. 020 7922 7721 M. 07791 765 915
Notes to Editors
1. Ronald McDonald House Birmingham is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
2. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2014 they helped support over 6,000 families with children in hospital.
3. Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.
4. The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.