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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 50,000 families across the UK.

Having a seriously ill child in hospital feels like drowning.

And 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 £85 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 2017, these boxes provided Ronald McDonald House Charities UK with over £3 million donated by generous McDonald’s customers. We’re so grateful to each and every customer who gave their spare change; your donations are used exclusively by Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, primarily to build new Houses.

Cashless donations via kiosks


In October 2019, McDonald’s introduced an exciting new way for customers in restuarants to donate what they can to our Charity.


Customers ordering from kiosks can now round up to the nearest pound or give set donations of 1p, 10p and 20p of which 100% is given to Ronald McDonald House Charities UK.

Help and support

McDonald’s and its restaurant owners’ kindness stretches far beyond this. In 2017, McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd and its franchisees donated nearly £1.5 million from sales to Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. On top of this, McDonald’s holds annual fundraising days and in 2018, restaurants across the UK raised £500,000 by selling soft toys and fundraising in restaurants. McDonald’s also offers important organisational support by providing office space, general and administrative support, payroll, HR support, IT and computer systems, all over the UK.

Fundraising and volunteering

McDonald’s staff, crew and Franchisees regularly fundraise for the Charity. We’re constantly amazed by their energy and creativity, taking on anything from sponsored cycles as far afield as Madagascar, to the Whole Hog, a muddy obstacle course.


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

£175,000 raised by McDonald’s staff and franchisees on a sponsored cycle across Madagascar in 2016

£100,000 raised by 1,000 McDonald’s crew members in 2017 when they took on a muddy 10k obstacle course

£500,000 raised when McDonald’s restaurants across the UK sold soft toys and organised fundraising activities in 2019

Make a difference to families across the UK with a donation.