About the House
Ronald McDonald House Brighton is located opposite the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. It provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with children and premature babies in hospital.
The House is dedicated to providing the best possible care to families in need. The team consists of: House Manager, Melissa Kirk; Deputy House Manager, Martin Coatsworth; and Housekeeper, Madge Doyle.
Local MP for Kemp Town and Peacehaven Simon Kirby says: “The Ronald McDonald House in Brighton provides a tremendous service for children. The staff are committed and the care and support provided is a beacon to everyone. The Charity should be praised for its fundraising and the way it focuses on the needs of families and children.”
The original House opened its doors to families in 2000 and then relocated in 2007 to a new site. The House has eight en-suite bedrooms, lounge, dining area, kitchen, laundry and a small patio garden. Ronald McDonald House Charities invested £600,000 in the relocation, and a further £300,000 to open a further 10 en-suite bedrooms on the top floor of the children’s hospital.
Number of rooms: 18
Opening date: March 2000
About the hospital
The House provides free accommodation to families that have children being treated at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, a specialist department for the care of premature and sick newborn babies.