Keep up with the latest news from Ronald McDonald House Charities including national campaigns, upcoming events and updates on fundraising.
New study calls for better family facilities at hospitals
Friday 14th June 2013
For the first time, a major pilot study (part funded by our Charity) shows that providing family accommodation for parents with children in hospital reduces sleep disruption and is beneficial to well-being during a stressful time. The findings call attention to the need for better family facilities to be an essential aspect of family-centred care in the health service. Read more.
London Marathon stars
Tuesday 23rd April 2013
Every year we are in awe of the amazing runners that complete the Virgin London Marathon. This year we cheered 17 of our supporters who raised a total of £25,000 for our Charity. What an amazing achievement! This will go a long way in helping families with children in hospital, as well as inspiring other supporters to take on this incredibly rewarding challenge. Thank you!
Volunteers help with Tooting spring clean
Tuesday 23rd April 2013
Fifteen volunteers from the McDonald’s UK Head Office visited our Tooting House in London to lend a helping hand with our spring deep clean! The families staying in the House came back from the ward to find everything squeaky clean and smelling fresh which was very comforting given the difficult time they’re going through while their children are in hospital. Thank you to our volunteers.
Gala Dinner raises £235,000
Tuesday 23rd April 2013
On 21 March, our annual Gala Dinner took place at the beautiful Battersea Evolution venue in London! We greeted 850 guests, served delicious food and heard from the families we’ve helped. Everyone had an amazing time and the amount raised surpassed all our expectations. We raised £235,000 - almost double the amount last year. Thank you to our amazing supporters, those who were present, as well as everyone else who is close to our cause!
A Downing Street celebration for our Charity
Friday 1st March 2013
Ronald McDonald House Charities was honoured to attend a special reception at Downing Street, hosted by Samantha Cameron, to celebrate our work over the last 23 years. The event was a wonderful opportunity to gather key supporters that will contribute to the Charity's long term mission of ensuring we have sufficient funds and expertise to provide free accommodation at specialist children’s hospitals. Families, friends, hospital CEOs and various MPs, as well as corporate supporters attended the event. Families got the chance to talk to Mrs Cameron about their experience of staying in our Houses and how the Charity has helped them. Towards the end, Mrs Cameron gave a short speech followed by Jeff Fergus' (Chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities) moving response. Thank you to everyone that made this celebration so memorable!
News from the Houses
Find out what our Houses have been up to and how they continue to support families of sick children.
Winter Newsletter from Moorfields
Thursday 5th December 2013 - Moorfields
Here’s our winter 2013 newsletter bringing you festive cheer, news and inspiration for the New Year. Thank you for your support over the last year.
Download the newsletter here
Tooting House Autumn newsletter
Wednesday 4th December 2013 - Tooting
In this issue of the Tooting House Autumn newsletter, we are looking back at various fundraising events that have taken place, our date at the House’s of Parliament and our successful Christmas raffle.
Ronald McDonald House Birmingham hosts a masquerade ball of wonders
Tuesday 19th November 2013 - Birmingham Children’s
Last Saturday, ladies and gentlemen donned their feathered masks and glitzy gowns to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Birmingham. It wasn’t just the guests that looked fabulous in their outfits, the grand total was sitting pretty at a whopping £66,000!
A special thank you to all who volunteered and donated on the evening; it’s down to your generous support that we are able to look after families with children in hospital.
Manchester Gala Dinner raises thousands
Monday 18th November 2013 - Manchester
This year’s Manchester Gala Dinner was a spectacular success for Ronald McDonald House Manchester and its team. The final total raised has now been announced at an amazing £88,000 which equates to over 3500 nights’ free accommodation for families with children in hospital. The spectacular evening was hosted at the Gorton Monastery in Manchester and with its Fun of the Fair theme, attendees certainly had a ball!
On behalf of Ronald McDonald House Manchester, we’d like to thank everyone who donated over the course of the evening and extend a special thanks to the loyal supporters and volunteers who made the event possible.
Tuesday 5th November 2013 - Oxford
Brothers Oliver and Henry Edwards ran a whopping 5k through Ascott-Under-Wychwood on Sunday 27 October and raised a fantastic £1,009.10 for the Oxford House in the process! The siblings were inspired to get involved after their close family friend Max Copley was admitted to the John Radcliffe Hospital and his parents stayed in our House. Max recently celebrated his 18th birthday and has made a full recovery!