Families with children in hospital receive festive gift boost
Staff at Ronald McDonald House Southampton were on hand today (Wednesday 23 December) to receive presents for families staying there over Christmas.
The generous donations from the team at Amazon Logistics Hedge End Delivery Station included soft toys, a Playstation and Wii console for the communal areas of the free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families of children being treated at Southampton Children’s Hospital and Princess Anne Hospital.
Operations manager for Amazon Logistics in Hedge End, Leigh Williams, says:
“We wanted to give something back to families whose children are seriously-ill over the festive season and received so much support when we told our employees, families and friends about the accommodation provided by the Ronald McDonald House.
We hope these gifts will bring some comfort to families and hope to do much more with the House in the New Year.”
The 53 bedroom House is run by independent charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities. There are 14 Houses in the UK located close to specialist children’s hospitals to help families stay together while their child is receiving treatment.
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Southampton visit: www.rmhc.org.uk/southampton
For further information please contact:
Francesca Seabourne, M. 07944 190 674
Notes to editors
1. Photography caption: Charlie Kempster, operations supervisor at Amazon Logistics in Hedge End, with donations at Ronald McDonald House Southampton.
2. Ronald McDonald House Southampton 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.
5. The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.