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.
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*
Ronald McDonald House Oxford needs you!
Monday 3rd March 2014 - Oxford
Why not take up the challenge in 2014 and fundraise to help support families with children in hospital. We are looking for runners of all abilities to take part in a series of running events we have planned across the year:
• Milton Keynes Half Marathon and Superhero Fun Run: 5 May
• Otmoor challenge, North Oxford: 7 June
• Bananaman Triathlon: 5 July
• Oxford Half Marathon:12 October
• Great South Run, Portsmouth: 25/26 October
Tooting House Spring newsletter
Monday 3rd March 2014 - Tooting
In this issue of the Tooting House Spring newsletter, we are looking back at various fundraising events, Valentines Day celebrations and upcoming events you won’t want to miss!
Open House for Camberwell community
Friday 21st February 2014 - Camberwell
What better way to celebrate the month of love than by opening our doors to the community this February!
Ronald McDonald House Camberwell will be open for visitors throughout the day on Wednesday 26 February, 8am to 7pm, and we hope you can drop in to catch up with old friends, meet some new team members and hear about our plans for the future.
Refreshments will be served throughout the day; we hope to see you there!
Southampton site update
Thursday 20th February 2014 - Southampton
We took a visit to Ronald McDonald House Southampton this week to check out the progress on the site. As you can see from the photos, the build is coming along nicely. Once the 53 bedroom House opens in the summer, it will support families with children at Southampton General Hospital and Princess Anne Hospital.
In the last year, over 18,700 children were admitted for treatment at the Hospital and at least 2,400 families had to travel far from home so their child could get the expert care they desperately needed.