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McDonald’s partnership

Ronald McDonald House Charities UK has been McDonald’s charity of choice since the Charity was founded in the UK in 1989.

Together we have supported over 95,000 families across the UK.

“Having a seriously ill child in hospital feels like drowning.” – mum, Hollie.

For those families, staying close to their child becomes their number one priority. Watch a video of some of the families who have benefitted from staying in a Ronald McDonald House.

Our Partnership with McDonald’s

Since 1989, McDonald’s and its Franchisees have raised over £100 million for our Charity which goes towards the running and building of Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK.

As well as donating part of their profits, McDonald’s and its Franchisees also hold annual fundraising days, provide free office space, business resources and advertising.

How we’ve raised funds

Collection boxes in restaurants

The biggest gift that McDonald’s and their Franchisees have ever given us is the opportunity to place our collection boxes in their restaurants across the UK

In 2021, these boxes provided Ronald McDonald House Charities UK with over £1.7 million donated by generous McDonald’s customers. We’re so grateful to each and every customer who gave their spare change; these donations are used exclusively by Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, primarily to build new Houses.

Digital donations

McDonald’s introduced the ability to donate to our Charity through their self-order Kiosks in 2019. This raised over £2 million in 2021.

In 2021, McDonald’s introduced the capability to donate to the Charity via the MyMcDonald’s App which generated donations of just under £18,000.


Help and support

In 2021 McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd and its Franchisees donated just over £2 million from their sales to Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. In addition, McDonald’s offers important organisational support to the Charity, such as providing office space, use of their resources, office support functions and additional benefits for our employees. office space, general and administrative support, payroll, HR support, IT and computer systems, all over the UK.

Fundraising and volunteering

The McDonald’s family supports many of our events and restaurant employees, Franchisees, office staff and suppliers regularly take part in fundraising activities to raise money for the Charity. We’re constantly amazed by their energy and creativity and we are hugely thankful for their continued support and enthusiasm.

McDonald’s support is critical in helping us to run existing Ronald McDonald Houses and build new ones, meaning even more families can stay close to their children. Teams from McDonald’s often volunteer at our Houses, offering enthusiastic support to our House teams.

Over £30,000 raised by McDonald’s staff and Franchisees in the North West Franchising triathlon 2021

£250,000 donated by McDonald’s to the 2021 Christmas campaign

Over £395,000 raised by Franchisees, restaurants employees and office staff in 2021 through various fundraising activities

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