Celebrating 30 years

Since 1989, we’ve supported 50,000 families with free ‘home away from home’ accommodation next to children’s hospitals across the UK.

Why do families stay at a Ronald McDonald House?

You or a family member or friend may have stayed in one of our Houses when a child is seriously ill in hospital, and one of the most important things to consider is how your family will cope. Our Ronald McDonald Houses provide a real ‘home away from home’ so that families can have a ‘normal’ schedule, can eat, stay and play together as much as possible.

Thank you to all the families that agreed to tell us their stories…

family at birthday party

We’ve been helping families for 30 years…

We believe that sick children need their families close by, that’s why our Charity provides free family accommodation next to specialist children’s hospitals across the UK.

Our 11 Houses provide a free and welcoming place to stay, for as long as needed by the family. Each room has an ensuite bathroom and a direct phoneline to the hospital ward. Whether it’s 3am or 3pm, the hospital will be able to contact families in serious situations.

You can help families just like Shaun’s

Hear from the families:

How your donation helps


could host a breakfast morning


could look after one family for a night


could pay for toys in our playrooms

Other ways to help

Looking to get involved without directly donating? Have a look at our options below.