Keeping Families Together

We provide free family accommodation and support in our Houses, minutes from children’s hospital wards.

At this difficult time, we are still operating the majority of our Houses across the UK, supported by our amazing staff.

Like many other Charities we have seen a large decrease in income – we have had to cancel or postpone many of our fundraising events. We are doing everything we can to turn ‘face to face’ fundraising into ‘virtual’, so read on to find out more…

House-to-House-Challenge

This summer, take on our new virtual House-to-House Challenge. In August and September, virtually visit our Ronald McDonald Houses, by travelling 1,000 kilometres on your bike, by foot (or any way you like)!

You can complete the Challenge indoors or outdoors and race at your own pace. Not only will you be moving your fitness up a gear, you’ll be helping us to support families with seriously ill children in hospital.

Keeping our families and our staff safe during COVID-19

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#Zero2Hero25 

Zero2Hero25 is our brand new initiative – its virtual, it’s home based – created to help you keep your mind and body active, in whatever way you like. Whether that’s some form of movement or exercise, learning a new skill or practicing some mindfulness.


Do what you can, where you can and when you can! And we ask you to raise or donate £25, the cost of hosting one family a day at one of our Houses.

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In the last 30 years, we provided free accommodation and support for over 50,000 families

When you have a seriously ill child in hospital, our Ronald McDonald Houses provide a real ‘home away from home’ so that families can have a ‘normal’ schedule – eating, resting and playing together as much as possible.Our Houses are located close to the children’s wards, so families can visit their child when they want. And staying with us is free, for as long as it’s needed.Hear it first-hand from just a few of the families we’ve helped

Help us make our Oxford House a home

Following our successful ‘Help us make our Oxford House a Home’ campaign and a culmination of years of planning and hard work, our new 62-bedroom Oxford house is now complete. Whilst we are operating the House on a restricted basis due to the COVID-19 crisis, and currently admitting two families per week, we look forward to officially opening as soon as it is safe to do so.

House-to-House-Challenge

This summer, take on our new virtual House-to-House Challenge. In August and September, virtually visit our Ronald McDonald Houses, by travelling 1,000 kilometres on your bike, by foot (or any way you like)! You can complete the Challenge indoors or outdoors and race at your own pace. Not only will you be moving your fitness up a gear, you’ll be helping us to support families with seriously ill children in hospital.

Keeping our families and our staff safe during COVID-19

Good news this week… READ MORE

#Zero2Hero25 

Zero2Hero25 is our brand new initiative – its virtual, it’s home based – created to help you keep your mind and body active, in whatever way you like. Whether that’s some form of movement or exercise, learning a new skill or practicing some mindfulness.


Do what you can, where you can and when you can! And we ask you to raise or donate £25, the cost of hosting one family a day at one of our Houses.

Events

In the last 30 years, we provided free accommodation and support for over 50,000 families

When you have a seriously ill child in hospital, our Ronald McDonald Houses provide a real ‘home away from home’ so that families can have a ‘normal’ schedule – eating, resting and playing together as much as possible.Our Houses are located close to the children’s wards, so families can visit their child when they want. And staying with us is free, for as long as it’s needed.Hear it first-hand from just a few of the families we’ve helped

Help us make our Oxford House a home

Following our successful ‘Help us make our Oxford House a Home’ campaign and a culmination of years of planning and hard work, our new 62-bedroom Oxford house is now complete. Whilst we are operating the House on a restricted basis due to the COVID-19 crisis, and currently admitting two families per week, we look forward to officially opening as soon as it is safe to do so.

On average, our families would have to travel over 100 miles from home to hospital to visit their child if it wasn’t for our Ronald McDonald Houses.

6000

families

Supported last year

76

miles

Average distance travelled last year

552

days

longest time stayed last year

Get involved

As an independent charity, we rely on the kindness and generosity of our supporters to help families with poorly children in hospital. You could help by fundraising at your child’s school, in your workplace, or by taking part in one of our events.

Our fabulous fundraisers

Naomi

Great Manchester Run

Ride London

Chris

RideLondon

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Ash

London Marathon

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“To be able to be near my family during such an awful time made all the difference. I can never thank Rachel and her team enough for what they did. I saw my children happy and spending time with their poorly brother.”

Hayley,

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Our Houses

Can we help your family?

Our Houses provide a free and welcoming place to stay, available to families with children being treated at our partnered NHS hospitals across the UK. Families can stay with us for as long as they need to. Find out how you can be referred for a room, and if there is a House at your child’s hospital.

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Latest news

Home Away from Kenya | Lydia’s story

“Being in a ‘ward bubble’ is stressful. Having the bedroom at Ronald McDonald House to come back to after a long day on the ward and being able to have a bath, watch a film, make a coffee and sit down was fantastic to take care of myself.”

Home Away from Kenya | Lydia’s story

“Being in a ‘ward bubble’ is stressful. Having the bedroom at Ronald McDonald House to come back to after a long day on the ward and being able to have a bath, watch a film, make a coffee and sit down was fantastic to take care of myself.”

Making Friends in Unexpected Places | Julie’s Story

“To make friends in the House both times we stayed there was amazing. We could support each other, and lend a friendly ear to listen, knowing it was coming from someone who truly understood the ups and downs of having a child in hospital.”

Making Friends in Unexpected Places | Julie’s Story

“To make friends in the House both times we stayed there was amazing. We could support each other, and lend a friendly ear to listen, knowing it was coming from someone who truly understood the ups and downs of having a child in hospital.”

A Special Father’s Day: Riley’s Story

“I honestly do not know what we would have done without the House. I would have had to spend months travelling to and from home on public transport, which would have seriously limited our time together as a family.”

A Special Father’s Day: Riley’s Story

“I honestly do not know what we would have done without the House. I would have had to spend months travelling to and from home on public transport, which would have seriously limited our time together as a family.”

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