Ronald McDonald House Alder Hey
About this house
The House is run by an independent registered charity called the Alder Hey Family Trust.
The largest Ronald McDonald House in Europe and a proud symbol of our ongoing partnership with children's hospitals in the UK, the Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children's Hospital can accommodate up to 84 families a night.
Originally opened in 1993, with just 26 rooms, the House has undergone two significant expansions and has welcomed over 16,000 families in its history. It now has a total of 69 family bedrooms as well as the extra provision of 15 family apartments for families that are due to stay for prolonged periods. The apartments sleep a family of four/five and are complete with lounge, bathroom and open plan kitchen and dining area - a real 'home away from home' for families that may stay at the House for more than six months.
In 2016, the House helped 1,308 families stay close to their children in hospital.
About the hospital
Alder Hey is one of Europe’s busiest children’s hospitals caring for over 270,000 young people and their families every year. The Hospital is a Centre of Excellence for cancer, spinal, heart and brain conditions, a Department of Health Centre for head and face surgery, a Centre of Excellence for muscular dystrophy and the first UK Centre of Excellence for childhood lupus. It is one of four national centres for childhood epilepsy surgery, a joint service with the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The Hospital is also a designated Children’s Major Trauma Centre and has Europe’s only intra-operative 3-T MRI scanner which is a pioneering technology for neurosurgery.