Keep up with the latest news from Ronald McDonald House Charities including national campaigns, upcoming events and updates on fundraising.
London Marathon stars
Tuesday 23rd April 2013
Every year we are in awe of the amazing runners that complete the Virgin London Marathon. This year we cheered 17 of our supporters who raised a total of £25,000 for our Charity. What an amazing achievement! This will go a long way in helping families with children in hospital, as well as inspiring other supporters to take on this incredibly rewarding challenge. Thank you!
Volunteers help with Tooting spring clean
Tuesday 23rd April 2013
Fifteen volunteers from the McDonald’s UK Head Office visited our Tooting House in London to lend a helping hand with our spring deep clean! The families staying in the House came back from the ward to find everything squeaky clean and smelling fresh which was very comforting given the difficult time they’re going through while their children are in hospital. Thank you to our volunteers.
Gala Dinner raises £235,000
Tuesday 23rd April 2013
On 21 March, our annual Gala Dinner took place at the beautiful Battersea Evolution venue in London! We greeted 850 guests, served delicious food and heard from the families we’ve helped. Everyone had an amazing time and the amount raised surpassed all our expectations. We raised £235,000 - almost double the amount last year. Thank you to our amazing supporters, those who were present, as well as everyone else who is close to our cause!
A Downing Street celebration for our Charity
Friday 1st March 2013
Ronald McDonald House Charities was honoured to attend a special reception at Downing Street, hosted by Samantha Cameron, to celebrate our work over the last 23 years. The event was a wonderful opportunity to gather key supporters that will contribute to the Charity's long term mission of ensuring we have sufficient funds and expertise to provide free accommodation at specialist children’s hospitals. Families, friends, hospital CEOs and various MPs, as well as corporate supporters attended the event. Families got the chance to talk to Mrs Cameron about their experience of staying in our Houses and how the Charity has helped them. Towards the end, Mrs Cameron gave a short speech followed by Jeff Fergus' (Chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities) moving response. Thank you to everyone that made this celebration so memorable!
Keep families close in hospital restructures
Friday 8th February 2013
In response to a recent debate ignited by Sir Bruce Keogh’s urgent care review, Ronald McDonald House Charities supports medical professionals in their call for reform of health services to ensure continued quality of care and sustainability within the NHS. However, we urge that any reforms take into account the need for more hospital accommodation. 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.
Tooting House newsletter
Tuesday 7th May 2013 - Tooting
In this issue of the Tooting House newsletter, we are going to look back at our successful Christmas raffle, as well as introduce you to a new collaboration we have set up with a volunteering group in the local community. We will also be telling you all about how we spent Valentine’s Day!
Camberwell House May newsletter
Thursday 2nd May 2013 - Camberwell
This past month we celebrated our birthday, cheered on supporters at the London Marathon and took a very welcome delivery of books.
Read our new and improved Camberwell House newsletter at: http://bit.ly/11PEwoH
Spring newsletter from the Manchester House
Tuesday 19th March 2013 - Manchester
We are quickly approaching our first birthday at the Manchester House and since opening our doors in May 2012 we have helped over 800 families stay close to their children. From Halloween parties to cake decorating to skydives and balloon races, there’s been lots of activities going on to support the House.
Volunteers make Valentine’s Day special for parents of sick children
Thursday 14th February 2013 - Tooting
Kind volunteers from the charity Hands on London made Valentine’s Day extra special for parents staying at Ronald McDonald House Tooting this year. Couples enjoyed a three course meal in the dining room, which was decorated with heart shaped balloons and red roses for the occasion. Peter Smith, who has been staying at the house for the past three months says, “Making a special effort for Valentine’s Day is a wonderful example of how the House keeps families close and supported.”
Tuesday 5th March 2013 - Arrowe Park
The glitz and glamour of the latest catwalk trends will be on display at a Wirral charity fashion show to be held on Wednesday 13 March. The show, organised by top Heswall boutique Sue Huntington with support from Mid-Wirral Rotary Club, will be held at Port Sunlight’s Hulme Hall from 19.30. All proceeds from the event will go towards towards the much-needed running costs of our House at Arrowe Park Hospital. Guests at the fashion show will be treated to a procession of professional models wearing the latest designer trends from designers including Betty Barclay, Olsen and Oui. There will be a bar and a chance to win raffle prizes including a gift voucher, manicure and a bottle of champagne. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Sue Huntington on Telegraph Road, Heswall or by calling 0151 342 6434.