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Alder Hey House

serving Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Welcome to our Alder Hey House, a space to give families the chance to stay close to their child whilst they are in hospital.


Ronald McDonald House Alder Hey
Alder Road
L12 2AZ


0151 252 5869


The longest family stay in 2023 was 1,005 nights

The average distance a family has travelled is 44 miles

1,543 families stayed here in 2023

About this House

Ronald McDonald House Alder Hey is located next to the world famous Alder Hey children’s hospital. We offer ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families of seriously ill children receiving care and treatment at the hospital.

Our House is the largest in Europe, with 83 bedrooms, including 15 longer stay apartments, and supports over 2,000 families a year. Families come from as far away as North Wales, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, the Isle of Man and across Merseyside and the North West.

Ronald McDonald House Alder Hey offers support and a safe place to stay for families at the toughest time in their life. We try to take the worry away from our families, so that they can concentrate on the well being of their child. Our staff are on hand 24 hours each day to assist, and our facilities are open day and night for families to use, to keep daily life as normal as possible. We have kitchens, laundry facilities and communal areas for our families, and once a week our family support and volunteers prepare a home cooked meal.

We provide our families with a warm and welcoming environment, where they can stay for as long as they need. This can be weeks, months or in some cases, even years. We can only do the work we do thanks to our supporters – the volunteers, the fundraisers, the corporate partners, all who give their time or donations to help us to help our families.

Help us raise the final £2 million to provide a major refurbishment to our Ronald McDonald House Alder Hey

After 30 years our Alder Hey House is in desperate need of a two-part major refurbishment to improve the family experience and ensure the House can continue supporting families of poorly children for the next 30 years and beyond. The transformation will include:

A complete refit of all bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms to provide brighter spaces to relax, with additional space to allow for remote working

Brand-new family kitchens on each floor to make cooking nutritional meals easier

Interconnecting bedrooms for larger / blended families

New and improved dayroom facilities to allow for more families to make use of the House and enjoy a wider variety of activities to support family well-being

Meet some of the families who’ve stayed at one of our Houses

“We nearly lost her”: Pixie’s story

30th Apr 2024

It was during Sam’s 20-week pregnancy scan that doctors discovered something was wrong with her unborn baby’s heart. The following week, Sam, who lives near…

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“A terrifying experience”: Oliver’s story

26th Apr 2024

Oliver was a newborn baby when he was diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), a form of congenital heart disease affecting the heart’s structure and…

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“Everything would be OK, as long as we were all together”: Leon’s Story

18th Apr 2024

After Sophie learnt during her pregnancy that her fourth baby had a rare and serious heart condition, she and her partner Eoin were shell-shocked. Not…

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