McDonald’s staff swap spatulas for sponges to support chosen charity
On Tuesday 16 August, McDonald’s staff at the Aylesbury Drive-Thru held a car wash to raise money for the independent charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities. The dedicated staff members have already raised nearly £7,000 this year for their charity of choice which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with children in hospital.
Teamed with buckets, sponges and hoses, the McDonald’s staff set to work on customers’ cars for a very reasonable price of £3 per car whilst they grabbed a bite to eat.
The team of six raised £95 from scrubbing away at an impressive 29 cars in just three hours. The money raised will go towards Ronald McDonald House Oxford, one of 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK that enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment.
The 17-bedroom House is on the top floor of the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital and offers everything a family could need in order to continue some semblance of normal life, including kitchens, laundry facilities and a lounge area where parents can get some much- needed rest. Planning permission has also been granted to build a larger purpose-built 62 bedroom House on the hospital campus.
The car wash is just one of a number of fundraising activities that Leanne Brown, Assistant Manager at McDonald’s Aylesbury, and her colleagues have organised. The team frequently host cake sales, auction hampers and participate in sponsored walks and parachute jumps in support of the Charity.
She says: “We are passionate about fundraising and making a difference to Ronald McDonald House Charities because it is a charity close to our hearts and the work they do to support families with children in hospital is amazing.”
“The car wash was a huge success and many of our customers said they’d like us to do it again, so we’re planning another one for September and hope to raise even more money - but I think we’ll need some more sponges and buckets next time to meet the demand!”
Ronald McDonald House Oxford Fundraiser, Caroline Sinclair, says: “Leanne and her team at the Aylesbury McDonald’s are so dedicated to raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities which we are so thankful for. They are constantly coming up with new fundraising ideas and just this August they have raised over £800.”
“Ronald McDonald House Charities have been the charity of choice for McDonald’s for 20 years, and their fundraising support in addition to the money raised through their cash collection boxes at tills is invaluable.”
“The money raised will go towards the running costs of the Oxford House to continue to keep families close to their seriously ill children at the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital.”
To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities and how to support the Charity in other ways, visit: www.rmhc.org.uk.
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Notes to editors
1. Ronald McDonald House Charities is an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. The Charity 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.
2. Ronald McDonald House Oxford is currently located on the top floor of the Oxford Children’s Hospital at John Radcliffe Hospital. It has 17 bedrooms as well as a kitchen, lounge and playroom. Last year it helped over 650 families stay together, close to their seriously ill children. Planning permission to build a larger purpose-built 62 bedroom House on the hospital campus to meet rising demand was granted on Wednesday 6 July 2016.
3. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2015, they helped support over 7,000 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.