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.