Bikers organise ‘choctastic’ Easter surprise for sick children and their families
A group of around 150 motorcyclists rode across the West Midlands yesterday (Sunday 20 March) to hand out Easter treats to families staying at Ronald McDonald House Birmingham with their sick children in hospital.
The brilliant band of bikers set off from the Streetbike dealership in Halesowen and travelled to the 66 bedroom House which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with children being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
They came loaded with chocolate eggs and gifts as a special Easter surprise and received a warm welcome from plenty of excited kids. The group also donated well-needed domestic items for the House’s communal lounge, kitchen and play area, so that families can make themselves at home between hospital visits.
Matt Davies, one of the bikers who helped organise the event, says:
“We have been supporting Ronald McDonald House Birmingham for a number of years now and love organising fun events like these to help the charity, which is a lifeline to so many families.
“The best thing about the House is that it is more than just a place to stay. Families are able to cook and eat together, share their experiences and invite extended family to visit, which makes such a huge difference when your child is sick in hospital.”
Ronald McDonald House Birmingham House Manager, Libby Aston, says:
“We would like to say a huge thank you to the bikers for their generosity. It is so lovely to see the local community come together to support the work we do to keep families together.”
Ronald McDonald House Birmingham helped 1,274 families stay close to their children in hospital last year and is run by independent charity Ronald McDonald House Charities, which has 14 Houses across the UK.
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Birmingham, visit www.rmhc.org.uk/birmingham.
For more pictures or further information please contact:
Georgie Curtis-Iddiols, M. 07738 562 551, T. 020 7922 7721
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 Georgie Curtis-Iddiols 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. Ronald McDonald House Birmingham has 66 bedrooms and also offers a communal lounge, kitchen and play area for families. In 2015, it helped 1,274 families stay close to their children being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
4. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2015 they helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital.
5. 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.