Keep up with the latest news from Ronald McDonald House Charities including national campaigns, upcoming events and updates on fundraising.
Report proves that parents of premature and sick babies face crippling costs
Friday 28th February 2014
Bliss has brought out a report proving that parents ‘spend hundreds of pounds a week’ to visit their babies whilst they are in neonatal care. Alongside the emotional struggles of having a child in hospital, three quarters of parents reported that their household finances were worsened, while one in five couldn't afford to pay bills such as their rent or mortgage. We currently operate from 14 hospitals, but we have ambitions to expand our service. We believe family support, such as accommodation should be part of the provision of specialist children’s services and this Bliss report is proof that there is an ever increasing need for accommodation for parents in this situation. Read the full report.
New Year, New House plans
Friday 21st February 2014
When a child is seriously ill, the best hospital for treatment is often far from home. Ronald McDonald House Charities believes having a sick child affects the whole family and support such as accommodation should be part of the provision of specialist children’s services. We’re pleased to be seeing greater demand from hospitals for our free ‘home away from home’ accommodation and have ambitions to expand our service throughout the UK. Find out more about our plans for the future.
7,000 families helped in 2013
Monday 20th January 2014
In 2013, your fundraising, donations, volunteering and awareness raising, meant Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK were able to support
7,000 families stay close to their children in hospital - that's 1,000 more than in 2012! Thank you for making a difference!
Spare a thought for families this Christmas
Thursday 12th December 2013
For many families, Christmas is a time for tucking into turkey and unwrapping presents surrounded by loved ones. But sadly, for parents of seriously ill children, it can be an incredibly difficult time. Closer magazine went behind the scenes to find out how our House helps families during the festive season. Read the article at: http://bit.ly/1goRYe0
New study calls for better family facilities at hospitals
Friday 14th June 2013
For the first time, a major pilot study (part funded by our Charity) shows that providing family accommodation for parents with children in hospital reduces sleep disruption and is beneficial to well-being during a stressful time. The findings call attention to the need for better family facilities to be an essential aspect of family-centred care in the health service. Read more.
News from the Houses
Find out what our Houses have been up to and how they continue to support families of sick children.
Spring newsletter from Ronald McDonald House Birmingham
Tuesday 15th April 2014 - Birmingham Children’s
In this Spring issue we feature recent plaque unveilings, visits from supporters such as Hatchers Solicitors and Network Rail and take a look back at our Mother’s Day celebrations.
Spring newsletter from the Manchester House
Tuesday 15th April 2014 - Manchester
Our Spring edition newsletter focuses on the latest news and updates from the Manchester House. Our amazing patron Debbie Rush, and her family appeared on ITV’s All Star Family Fortunes, raising awareness and funds for the Manchester House. We’ve had fantastic support from local schools, families and corporates and we take a look at some upcoming events for you to get involved in, such as the Great Manchester Run, the Whole Hog and our very own House anniversary party!
Spring newsletter from the Oxford House
Thursday 27th March 2014 - Oxford
This issue is packed with exciting highlights from 2013, updates on the Whole Hog event and all you need to know about our Teddy Bears’ Picnic this July!
So download the newsletter to find out more and stay up-to-date with everything going on at Ronald McDonald House Oxford.
Spring Newsletter 2014
Thursday 27th March 2014 - Arrowe Park
Here’s our Spring newsletter. Read all about what our supporters have been up to and how you can get involved.
The benefits of laughter: Charity Comedy Ball raises £5,900
Wednesday 5th March 2014 - Oxford
The Charity Comedy Ball held at Hawkwell House Hotel in Oxford has been hailed as a huge success after attracting more than 120 people – who all ended up in stitches of laughter. Guests were treated to auctions, dinner and dancing at the first Oxford House Comedy Ball on Saturday 8 February, with entertainment from comedians Gareth Berliner and Bob Mills.
*Photograph taken by http://www.westyphotography.com*