Tea and treats mark charity milestone

Tea and treats mark charity milestone

Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park celebrates with families past and present

Caption: BURSTING WITH JOY. Victoria Lynam and her baby daughter, Gracie Mae Lynam, enjoy the entertainment at a special celebration held last week (Wednesday 17 September) at Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park – the free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children being treated at Arrowe Park Hospital.

The duo were among several families – including some who have been given a place to stay at the House since it opened in 2009 – who joined staff at the House for a special get-together.

Cakes and tea were served, with balloons and face-painting thrown in to the mix to the delight of the many children present. Kind-hearted volunteers from the nearby McDonald’s in Upton generously donated their time to help out, serve tea and make sure that guests were well looked after.

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

Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park is one of 14 Houses run by the Charity. The House, which is on the first floor of Arrowe Park Hospital’s maternity building, last year provided a place to stay to 92 families from Wirral and beyond.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park visit www.rmhc.org.uk/arrowepark.

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For more pictures or further information please contact:

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

Notes to editors

1. Photography credit: Pip Hackett

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

3. Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park 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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