V is for Volunteer!
Guest bloggers: Early Years and Health Care students from Fareham College
On Monday 9 May all of us from the course Caring for Children Level 1 and Health and Social Care Level 1 visited Ronald McDonald House Southampton. We went there with the intentions of cleaning and sterilizing every floor of the building, however as well as doing so, we left filled with inspiration and now have a great respect for everyone working and helping at the House.
When we arrived we were shocked at the size of the accommodation as it was large and spacious, ideal for families. As we were cleaning and speaking to the staff we then realised how useful and beneficial the House is for supporting the lives of hundreds of families with sick children in hospital each year.
There were big playrooms for the children and their siblings to play in, large clean kitchens for the families to use, laundry rooms and dining rooms. We would’ve thought that because of the quality of the House it would be quite a costly place for families to stay so I was shocked to be told that it is completely free. Only a £25 deposit which you have the option of donating to the Charity when you leave.
We now realise how supportive the Ronald McDonald House is to families. They make sure everyone has the support they need and is a place for families to stay so they can be close to their children when they need them the most. They have really made it look like a home; it is bright, colourful and welcoming for everyone.
We enjoyed helping around the House as volunteers for the day. We got to learn much more about what the House is all about. The visit has encouraged us to start doing some fundraising for such an inspirational charity. We are also looking forward to encouraging my family and friends to do the same!
We would definitely recommend volunteering at your local Ronald McDonald House. There are so many different ways you can support families; from baking cakes for children to doing a deep clean like we did. It really makes you feel like you’re making a difference.