Local family inspires generous charity donation

Local family inspires generous charity donation

A Dagenham family was the inspiration for a much-needed £1,000 donation to a charity that looks after families who have children in hospital.

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland, an organisation of freemasons based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, presented a cheque in December 2013 to Ronald McDonald House Camberwell, the free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children being treated at London’s King’s College Hospital. 

The lodge makes regular donations to charities across the UK. The donation to Ronald McDonald House Camberwell was made at the suggestion of Colin Willis, a member of the lodge and grandfather to two year-old Dagenham girl Leia Armitage.

Leia was born with a rare type of deafness and was admitted to King’s College Hospital in May 2013 where she underwent surgery.  Her parents, Alison and Bob, stayed at Ronald McDonald House Camberwell for two weeks while Leia recovered from her operation.

Alison says: “As you can imagine, this was a very stressful time for us. We were extremely worried about how we were going to be able to stay close to Leia.”

“Without the accommodation and support provided by Ronald McDonald House Camberwell, we would have been facing a daily trip of two hours on the train to reach the hospital before having to leave at the end of a very stressful day, when we would be facing another two hour trip to get home.

“We are delighted that Leia’s grandfather suggested the donation to the House that made such a difference to our family, and grateful to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland for its generous support”


To find out more, visit the Ronald McDonald House Camberwell page.


For more information or to speak to someone please contact:


Aoife Dowling T. 020 7250 8287   M. 07891 863 674   E. aoife@thirdsectorpr.co.uk


Notes to editors


1. A spokesperson from Ronald McDonald House Charities is available for interview. To speak to someone please contact Aoife Dowling using the details above.

2. Ronald McDonald Camberwell 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.

3. The Charity opened in 1989 and now runs 14 Ronald McDonald Houses which support more than 6,000 families every year.


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