DAY IN THE LIFE | MARTIN

DAY IN THE LIFE | MARTIN

Name: Martin

Job Title: Deputy Manager

House: Brighton

 

My alarm goes off at...

I have always been an early riser and get up at 5am most days. Though being born in Brighton I now live in Worthing and enjoy the 12 mile journey into the House along the seafront. I only travel along three roads and make two left turns to get to work and arrive at the House!  

How I got my job...

I previously worked at the Old Children’s Hospital on Dyke Road for 16 years in a number of roles and joined the Charity after we had moved to our current site in 2007. My previous role in the NHS, involved working closely with both parents and carers by granting them access to the House and was encouraged to apply - and then as they say the rest is history!

My typical day...

My current role is Deputy House Manager which involves the general day to day running of House operations and also enhancing the experience of the families staying with us. I also manage the annual Brighton House football tournament every year and help at other RMHC fundraising events.

The best part of my job is...

I like being able to meet and help the families who stay with us, supporting and enabling them to have a sense of normality at a stressful time in their lives and also providing a homely atmosphere and space to relax and unwind.

My most memorable day/moment at RMHC was...

I have had many memorable days and moments whilst working for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Attending many if not all House events over the years be it numerous Summer, Halloween or Christmas party’s as well as 10 annual Golf Days and many other events. Working for the Charity has provided me with lots of opportunities to meet, see and experience exciting places, meeting and making many friends along the way. One of the many highlights I will always remember is doing a sponsored parachute jump over Salisbury plain.

 

The first thing I do after work to unwind...

With my own children grown up and moved out, I have a very quiet home life and enjoy reading and going on long coastal walks, dreaming of getting back to work!

Why Ronald McDonald Houses are important...

Ronald McDonald Houses across the country provide a safe haven for families to stay close to their child whilst they are in Hospital. Families can stay for as long as they need to without the added financial burdens of being away from home for long periods of time.

 

When I was little, I wanted to be a... 

 A lion tamer! 

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