Relocation and expansion of Ronald McDonald House Oxford
Help us raise the final £1 million to fit and furnish our new 62 bedroom Ronald McDonald House at Oxford Children’s Hospital.
In January 2007, we opened a 17 bedroom House located on the top floor of the children’s hospital, which accommodates around 600 families each year. However, in 2018 we had to turn 300 families away. The House does not have the capacity to look after every family who needs a place to stay and is unable to support any families who have babies in Critical Care or Newborn Intensive Care. In addition, due to the small size of the House, we cannot provide all the support we offer in our other Ronald McDonald Houses.
Like all specialist children’s hospitals, Oxford Children’s Hospital provides services across a wide region. Children and their families travel from all over the UK, including Northern Ireland, to receive vital care. In the last 15 years the number of children needing treatment at Oxford Children’s Hospital has doubled, and the number grows each year. A bigger Ronald McDonald House is very much needed.
“We stayed for 11 weeks last February while our daughter was recovering from Gastroschisis. Don't know what we'd of done without Ronald McDonald House Oxford. Made a difficult time so much easier. A wonderful place and fabulous staff. Thank you so much!”
About the new Ronald McDonald House
In February 2019 we broke ground on our new 62-bedroom Ronald McDonald House. It will provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with seriously ill children in Oxford Children’s Hospital.
As well as en suite bedrooms, each accommodating up to four people, the House will have large kitchens, dining areas, laundry rooms, lounges, a garden and children’s playroom.
The new House will open in summer 2020.
Why is this important?
When a child falls ill, families can find themselves at a specialist hospital far from home. They might need to be there for weeks, months or years. Finding a place to sleep, eat and wash becomes another source of anxiety.
For the past 30 years, we’ve been helping families stay close to their children in hospital by providing free accommodation in our homely and welcoming Ronald McDonald Houses.