Fairy tale comes to life for charity milestone

Fairy tale comes to life for charity milestone

Deputy Lord Mayor is the special guest as Ronald McDonald House Birmingham is transformed into a magical wonderland.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Mike Leddy, and the Deputy Lady Mayoress, Mrs Pauline Leddy, were the guests of honour yesterday (Thursday 25 September 2014) at a special Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party held at Ronald McDonald House Birmingham.

The House provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children receiving treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Its communal areas, including lounge area and kitchen, were transformed into a magical wonderland for the tea party, attended by families who have stayed there over the years, as well as volunteers and other supporters.

Props from a production of Alice in Wonderland at the nearby Crescent Theatre brought a touch of magic to the House for the day, with actors from the theatre company, dressed as characters from the beloved Lewis Carroll story, completing the illusion to the delight of the many children present.

The Deputy Lord Mayor and Deputy Lady Mayoress were given a tour of the 61 bedroom House and introduced to some of the families who are staying there. They also joined children and the cast of colourful characters from the Crescent Theatre for tea, cakes and treats.

The celebration was part of a series of special events called ‘Share Your Moment’ that are being held in towns and cities across the UK in September to celebrate 25 years of Ronald McDonald House Charities. The independent charity provides a free place to stay for families at or near hospitals across the UK.

Ronald McDonald House Birmingham is one of 14 Houses run by the Charity and last year provided a free place to stay to over 1,000 families while they had children in hospital.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Birmingham visit www.rmhc.org.uk/birmingham.

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Alex Goldup: T. 020 7250 8291 M. 07791 765 915 E. alex@thirdsectorpr.co.uk

Notes to editors

1. Photography credit: Paul Thomas

2. To speak to someone or for more pictures please contact Alex Goldup.

3. 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.

4. Ronald McDonald House Charities opened in 1989 and last year helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital. The Charity, which this year celebrates 25 years of keeping families together, relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.

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