Mum to face fears for family hospital accommodation
An Ashford mum will conquer her fears by taking a spin on the London Eye this week to raise money for charity accommodation that helped her to stay close to her seriously-ill baby.
Ema Thomson, 28, has crippling phobias of heights and confined spaces but will take on the London landmark this Saturday (20 February) for Ronald McDonald House Charities, an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with children in hospital.
Ema was given a place to stay at the Charity’s House by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, one of 14 Houses in the UK, when her baby son Kenny was treated for severe bronchiolitis at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
Kenny was unexpectedly rushed to London from the family’s local hospital in October last year. Ema faced being over an hour’s drive away from her son but thankfully, there was a free room at the Ronald McDonald House which enabled Ema to stay close by for over a week while her son built up the strength to be discharged.
As a way of saying thank you for the support that she was given by the House, Ema has been sponsored by friends and family to ride on the London Eye and will split the donations between Ronald McDonald House Charities and the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) ward at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
“I’m terrified to go on the London Eye but know how much of a difference the PICU ward and Ronald McDonald House Charities makes to families like mine. You never think it will be your child that will become so seriously-ill but having a room to stay nearby took just a small part of the added stress away.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me so far and hope to raise as much money as I can for these two important causes that are so close to my heart.”
Donations to Ema can be made on: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmaThomson
Ronald McDonald House Charities is currently constructing a brand new 59 bedroom House for Evelina London Children’s Hospital which is just a five minute walk away from the wards and almost triple the size of the existing facility. Construction work is due to finish in the autumn.
To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities and how to support the charity directly visit: www.rmhc.org.uk
For further information please contact:
Francesca Seabourne, Third Sector PR
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Notes to editors
Picture caption: Photo 1: Ema and Kenny Thomson in hospital.
Photo 2: Kenny Thomson today.
More pictures and people to interview are available through Francesca Seabourne using the contact details above.
Ronald McDonald House Guy’s & St Thomas’ is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. The Charity 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.
There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2015, they helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital. In 2015, Ronald McDonald House Guy’s & St Thomas’ helped 325 families stay close to their children in hospital.
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.
The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.