Essex fundraisers score for charity
BACK OF THE NET. (from l –r) Matt German, Cherry Lewis-Taylor and Josh Bull, three fundraisers from McDonald’s restaurants in Essex, present a cheque for £550 to Ronald McDonald House Birmingham on Wednesday 5 February 2014.
Goal-scoring fundraisers from four McDonald’s restaurants run by Cherry Lewis-Taylor (pictured centre) in Braintree, Maldon, South Woodham Ferrers and Stansted, raised the splendid sum for the House, which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children receiving treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, by organising a seven-a-side football tournament at Braintree Town Football Club late last year.
The fabulous fixture exceeded its original fundraising target of £400, and the money raised will now go towards the running costs of the 60 bedroom House which last year helped more than 1,000 families stay close to their children in hospital.
Kay Hodgetts, Community Fundraiser at Ronald McDonald House Birmingham, says:
“These fleet-footed fundraisers have firmly put the ball in the back of the net by making this very generous donation - enough to provide free accommodation to one family for 22 nights while their children receive treatment in hospital. What this will mean to our families is astounding.”
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: Kay Hodgetts
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2. Ronald McDonald House Birmingham is one of 14 houses in the UK run by Ronald McDonald House Charities, an independent charity which 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.
Ronald McDonald House Charities opened in 1989 and in 2013 helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital. The Charity relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.