50:50 Chance: Sophie’s Story

Sophie, aged six, has aniridia – a rare genetic eye condition. Her family travels 113 miles from Loughborough to Moorfields Eye Hospital, a leading specialist eye hospital in London, for ongoing treatment. Aniridia is where the iris (the coloured part …

Mix of Emotions: Oscar’s Story

Guest Blogger: Sara Our baby Oscar was born at 29 weeks in St Mary’s Hospital, weighing a tiny two pounds. When he was four weeks old, he became extremely poorly with an infection called NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis) where tissues in …

Teenage Angst: Natasha’s Story

During Natasha’s admissions to Southampton Children’s Hospital in 2017 and 2018, herself and her family were able to seek some time away from the wards in the daytime to spend time together at the Southampton House where they could try …

1 in 50,000: Sonny’s Story

Lee and Emma stayed in the Ronald McDonald House in Cardiff for seven months, from October 2017 until July 2018, while their baby boy Sonny was being treated in Noah’s Ark Children’s hospital. On 20 August 2017 at 9.36pm, Emma …

New Parents: Sammy’s Story

“THERE WAS A REAL SENSE OF SUPPORT AND COMMUNITY” NEW PARENTS TINA AND SOLOMON WERE DEVASTATED THAT THEIR SON SAMMY HAD TO SPEND THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF HIS LIFE IN HOSPITAL. RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE EVELINA LONDON BECAME THEIR ‘HOME …

Coping as a Family: Betty’s Story

“Having the family together helped so much” For mum Teresa, Ronald McDonald House Birmingham meant her close-knit family could be together when they needed each other most. “Our lives were so unpredictable when our daughter Betty was born. Everything would …

Coming Home: Frankie’s Story

Guest Blogger: Amie When we were told at the 20-week scan our baby was suffering from complications and only had one kidney, it took my breath away. Three weeks later, more bad news followed when doctors discovered our son Frankie …

Safe Haven: Sabrina’s Story

Sabrina is a survivor and a super brave 15-year-old who was supported by our Charity while being diagnosed for Hodgkin lymphoma; cancer that invades the vessels and glands of the lymphatic system (part of the immune system) attacking the white …

London Marathon: Ash’s Story

Ashley ran the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon and raised more than £2,780 for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. He wanted to raise awareness of how the Charity supports families like his, which benefited from the help of the Camberwell …

Emergency CPR: Darcy’s Story

When the unexpected happens, families can have their world turned upside down and when your baby requires specialist care at a hospital miles away, they journey into the unknown. When parents Matthew and Kayley discovered Kayley’s waters had broken, they …

Scary Unknown: Tilly’s Story

Guest Blogger: Sarah Our daughter Tilly has Trisomy 5P, a rare chromosome disorder. This contributes to her low immune system. Tilly caught a cold and struggled for two weeks at our local hospital before being transferred to the Royal Manchester …

Shock Diagnosis: Emilie’s Story

Guest Blogger: Ikuko In May 2017, I noticed our fifteen-year-old daughter Emilie started to say she found it difficult to swallow her food, which developed into an occasional coughing fit which would cause sickness. Our GP was puzzled but could …

Slow Recovery: Eddison’s Story

When our son Eddison became unwell during December 2018, we took him along to the A&E at Winchester Hospital where he was admitted with bronchiolitis. Eddison’s condition began to rapidly deteriorate, so we were quickly rushed to the Paediatric Intensive …

Zig-Zag Scar: Rory’s Story

When Rory was just 13 months old, he underwent major skull reconstruction surgery after he was born with a rare condition called metopic craniosynostosis. Only four hospitals in the UK are equipped to do the operation and, unfortunately, Rory’s family …

Brave as a Lion: Leon’s Story

Guest Blogger: Leon Being whisked away unexpectedly in an ambulance and finding ourselves in an Intensive Care Unit with our newborn baby was completely overwhelming. Sitting by Leon’s side, a nurse told us about Ronald McDonald House Charities. It was …

Trekking Across Iceland

Jane was part of a group of 18 brave supporters who took on a tough trek across Iceland, braving snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK in memory of our friend Steve Burne. …

Forever Thankful: Cassidy’s Story

Guest Blogger: Charlotte Cassidy has Cornelia De Lange Syndrome, causing many medical issues – so we’re no stranger to the hospital. On this occasion, she caught bronchiolitis and as her airway is built differently they couldn’t intubate her when she …

Great Memories: Evie’s Story

When Evie was just three weeks old, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis – a condition which affects the lungs and digestive system. Guest Blogger: Sarah We first used the Ronald McDonald House in May 2015, the House had previously …

Dad’s Perspective: Phil’s Story

When Theo was born premature, 25 weeks into Lisa’s pregnancy, parents Lisa and Phil and Theo’s big brother Jack, had their lives turned upside down. Each day of the family’s journey on the NICU ward, Phil wrote a diary to help parents that may be going through similar experiences and praises the incredible work of the NHS. Here he documents the family’s day to day life, juggling work, family commitments, and being there for baby Theo while staying at Ronald McDonald House Manchester.

Transplant Complications: Max’s Story

Max’s parents Ria and Martin first stayed at the Southampton House in February 2015 when Max needed a kidney transplant. They stayed with us for four to six aweeks, which allowed the House team to be close to him and his family during the first acute phase of his illness.

One in 15,000: Mylah’s Story

When little Mylah was only 11 weeks old she was rushed to hospital after having a swollen tummy. During her time in hospital, her family stayed close to her in the Southampton House, where the family were able to create special memories together, including Mylah’s first birthday!

More than Bricks: Talia’s Story

After having been diagnosed with Bronchiolitis and needing to be put on life support, Talia was transferred to Southampton General Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. This was a really scary time for her family and their main concern, other than Talia’s health, was how they would cope as a family so far from home.

Mother’s Instinct: Alba’s Story

When Nancy’s daughter Alba was born, she was referred to a hospital over an hour and a half away from the family’s home for surgery. The family were expecting up to a ten-week stay, however, by staying at the Ronald McDonald House Evelina London, they were able to spend precious moments together, including Nancy’s first Mother’s Day.

Miracle: Jessica’s Story

Jessica was just 10 days old when a midwife visited the family’s home and noticed that she was unwell. She was sent to their local hospital in Worthing, Sussex, where after further tests the doctors said Jessica had suspected meningitis. …

Showing Gratitude: George’s Story

GEORGE POINTON-TAYLOR (DAD) In December 2013, our then seven-month-old daughter Beatrice was suddenly taken very ill. My wife Gemma took her to Warwick Hospital and from there she was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She went downhill fast, but the …

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