Thankful relatives go extra mile in ABP Southampton run

Thankful relatives go extra mile in ABP Southampton run

New father, Aron Leah, and sister-in-law, Susie Smith, went the extra mile in the ABP Southampton 10k on Sunday 24 April to raise vital funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities.  

The dynamic duo took part in the run to express their gratitude for the charity, which provided Aron and his wife, Katie, with free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at Southampton Children’s Hospital when their son was born prematurely at 25 weeks. They have raised £1,200 so far.

Aron says: “Without Ronald McDonald House Southampton, we would have had to travel a total of 60 miles from Poole every day to see our little boy Seb whilst he was in hospital, and wouldn't have been able to be at his side 24/7 telling him how much we loved him.

“Kate and I are eternally grateful for what they did for our family and I will continue to support the charity for the rest of my life.”

For more information on Ronald McDonald House Southampton, visit:   





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Notes to Editors

1. To speak to someone from Ronald McDonald House Charities, please contact the number above.

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.

There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2015 they helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital.

As well as providing 53 bedrooms, Ronald McDonald House Southampton offers families the opportunity to cook together, to eat together and share their experiences. The House also offers a lounge, kitchen and play area for families visiting the hospital for the day. 

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.

The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years. 

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