Bikers bring festive cheer to poorly children and their families at Ronald McDonald House Birmingham
A group of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the West Midlands delighted children yesterday (Sunday 20 December) at its annual toy drop for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Setting off from the Streetbike dealership in Halesowen, a group of some 200 bikes laden with gifts travelled to the free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for the families with children being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The annual festive gathering began four years ago after a small group of bikers heard about the Charity and wanted to give something back to families who would be spending their Christmas away from home.
Chris O’Sullivan, one of the original group who is still involved in the event, says:
“It started when we were taken for a tour of the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham and were blown away by the facilities on offer to make it feel like a home.
“I am a dad and many of my friends have families of their own so to think about how much of a lifeline this must provide to be so close to your seriously-ill children struck a cord with us and we have been supporting the charity ever since.”
Besides the toys for the children in hospital who were well enough to join the fun at the House with their siblings, the donations included household items for the families to make themselves at home between hospital visits.
Ronald McDonald House Birmingham House Manager Libby Aston says:
“We would like to thank everyone who comes along each year to bring a smile to the faces of families staying with us over Christmas.
“We rely on supporters to keep the House running and a magical event like having the bikers along today truly brings home the generosity of the local community in helping to keep families together.”
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Birmingham visit www.rmhc.org.uk/birmingham.
For more pictures or further information please contact:
Francesca Seabourne, M. 07944 190 674, T. 020 7922 7720
Patricia Orr, M. 07889 140 139, T. 020 7922 7722
Notes to Editors
1. If you would like pictures, or need more information, please contact Francesca Seabourne using the details above.
2. Ronald McDonald House Birmingham is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
3. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2014 they helped support over 6,000 families with children in hospital.
4. Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.
The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.