Caption 1- Ouiwatoni Akano attends the Ronald McDonald House Christmas party that was co-hosted with Dreams Come True, a charity that helps children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions.
Caption 2- Ouiwatoni Akano is staying at the Manchester House with his family whilst his baby brother is being treated at Royal Manchester Children’s hospital. He is seen meeting and greeting Star Wars characters at the Christmas party.
On Saturday 3rd December Ronald McDonald House Manchester hosted its Christmas party. The House that provides ‘free home away from home’ accommodation for families with children in hospital kicked off the festive season with flair by inviting families to a day of yuletide revelry with a twist.
The event could not have taken place without the help of Dreams Come True, a charity that enriches the lives of children and young people with serious and life limiting conditions. The charity continues to be a very good friend to Ronald McDonald House Manchester and helped the House put on an exceptional event for families who most deserve it.
The guests included children that were receiving care at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, and local families who have ‘a dream’ and need the support of Dreams Come True to make them happen.
Both charities worked hard to make Christmas a reality for their guests, who often can not find the time to get into the festive spirit with their children in hospital. As well as offering traditional Christmas entertainment, such as the arrival of Santa, families had the chance to meet an array of animals, including reptiles and furry creatures who were brought in by ‘Lion Learners animal experience’. Guests could also transform themselves with the talents of Chelsea Campbell, face painter extraordinaire.
But what made the House Christmas party so exciting was that guests could meet some of the most famous movie characters in history. Members of the Star Wars UK Garrison and Rebel Legion were on hand to greet guests and pose for pictures, including storm troopers and Jedi knights.
Ronald McDonald House Manchester, like many of the Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the country, will be running at nearly full capacity over the Christmas season. With so many families spending the Christmas period this way, the staff and volunteers at Ronald McDonald House Manchester will do everything they can to make sure families feel like they are home.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
- Ronald McDonald House Manchester has 60 en-suite rooms over five floors and is equipped with self catering kitchens, communal areas and washing facilities to help families feel at home whilst their children are in hospital. In 2015 the House provided accommodation for 970 families in need.
- There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2015, they helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.
- The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.