Ronald McDonald House Cardiff turns one!
Ronald McDonald House Cardiff celebrated its first birthday on 28 July with a Big Family House Party. Families from both past and present came together to celebrate the occasion, enjoying a whole host of activities such as face painting, a junior disco and lots of party games!
Since opening its doors in July 2017, the Cardiff House has already helped over 700 families with children at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital stay together during the toughest periods of their lives.
The Big Family House Party took place in one of the House’s communal areas, which is a space for families to escape the hospital environment and talk to other families who they can bond with and share experiences, often creating lifelong friendships. This space also provides the opportunity for children on the ward to come over, meaning they can be together as a family in a homely environment.
Throughout the year, the Cardiff House has celebrated Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, lots of birthdays and even a marriage!
Tina, House Assistant at the Cardiff House said: “It was so lovely seeing all the families past and present. Despite the rain, it was a fantastic day and so proud to be a part of it.”
Parenting bloggers from Cardiff popped in to see first-hand how the Charity supports families.
Kate Lili talked to us about her experience and described it as a “feel good community event”. After having a personal experience of having a baby being in neonatal intensive care, she can relate to the need for our Houses.
She added: “Ronald McDonald House Charities understand that they need to build more than just a House, they are building a community. It was a lovely day, a great event and a cause I’m proud to support.”
We were delighted to welcome Founder of ‘Mumma in Training’, Steph, who said: “It was such an eye opener being shown around the RMH Cardiff and meeting families who have had support from this fantastic charity. What an amazing job these guys do!”
Cardiff House Manager, Julian, shared his highlight from the day: “Receiving a cheque from Solar Buddies (Laura and Kelli) for £601.47. This money was raised by selling their patent sun cream applicators online and they donated a percentage of their sales to the Charity for the previous seven days!”
The team at the Cardiff House are looking forward to the future and are planning even more activities, as well as supporting hundreds more families when they need it most.