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Cost of Living Crisis

As people everywhere feel the impact of the worst cost of living crisis in years, those with a young family member in hospital are being hit particularly hard, and many are struggling to make ends meet.

Life costs more for families with a sick child in hospital

At Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, we know that life costs more if your child is being treated in hospital, especially when that treatment isn’t close to home.

We conducted research to better understand how the families we look after are affected.

Our survey included parents and carers who’d stayed in a Ronald McDonald House within the last six months.

The results paint a bleak picture

Read the full report here.

91% agreed that staying in a Ronald McDonald House helped to ease the financial burden of having a child in hospital

Accommodation costs

We save families, on average, £1,240 each in accommodation costs, (based on 2021 stats).

Travel time

In 2022, we saved families, on average, from travelling 73 miles each day

Food and other essentials

Many of our Houses provide food items, toiletries, and other essentials, free-of-charge

Work spaces

We help to enable remote working, with free broadband and Wi-Fi and quiet spaces to work

How you can help

As an independent charity, we rely on the support and generosity of our volunteers, fundraisers, and donors to keep thousands of families close to their sick children in hospital each year. With soaring costs, that support is needed now more than ever.

Your donation today could:

Help stop the families we accommodate from going hungry

Provide somewhere safe and comfortable for families going through traumatic times

Help to alleviate the mental stress of having a sick child in hospital