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We’re here for families…

because having a child in hospital is an experience no parent chooses.

We were founded in 1989.

Since then, our 14 Houses across the UK have not only provided free ‘home away from home’ accommodation close to children’s hospitals, but they also offer a friendly smile, clean facilities and an invaluable support network.

We’re not just a bed for the night.

Did you know?

Last year, we supported 6,654 families for an average of 16 nights.

Our families lived an average of 73 miles away from the hospital.

On average, families would have spent £1,240 in out-of-pocket accommodation costs.

We know things are difficult at the moment…

Even though having your child in the hospital never gets any easier, the cost of living crisis has thrown our families an extraordinary curveball.

But we know how vital our services are, especially during trying times.

At the beginning of 2023, we conducted a survey with our families to see how the cost of living was affecting them.

How we help families in crisis

Free accommodation close to children’s hospitals

We offer rooms to families for as long as their child is in hospital, completely free of charge, just a stone’s throw away from their child’s ward.

Fully-equipped kitchens, for everyone to use

We encourage families to look after their wellbeing and invite them to cook meals in our kitchen whenever they need.

Grab & Go on your way to the hospital

Many of our Houses have a ‘Grab & Go’ scheme, providing families with free food items such as cereal bars and fresh fruit, saving them from having to buy expensive snacks to take to the ward.

Hear from the families we have supported…

“Like our second home”: Arthur’s story

13th Nov 2023

Trigger warning: This story contains images that some may find upsetting. It was during Clayre’s pregnancy with her son Arthur, that she discovered her unborn…

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Our ‘safety bubble’: Alisha’s story

13th Nov 2023

The Castle family from Bude in Cornwall checked into Ronald McDonald House Bristol in August 2023, when their then four-year-old daughter Alisha was being treated…

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“A terrifying roller-coaster”: Anela’s Story

1st Nov 2023

In June 2019, Amy and her husband Alex were suddenly flung onto a ‘terrifying roller-coaster ride’ when, just 24 weeks and six days into her…

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Did you know that our Houses are located a specialist children’s hospital, including one of the largest hospitals in Europe.

Tooting House Manager Rachel explains why we’re so important to families.

“One of the worse things to happen as a family is to have a sick child. But then to be taken far from home (where it’s their safe place) can make it unbearable.

“Unfortunately, we can’t make their child better, but we can give them a sense of normality, and somewhere safe to call their ‘home away from home’.”

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Getting a place to stay

Our Houses provide a free and welcoming place to stay, available to families with children being treated at our partnered NHS hospitals. Families with a child in hospital can stay with us for as long as they need to.

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How we use your donations

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.

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Donate to help families

Your donation can help families be by their child’s bedside in a matter of moments, whilst maintaining a degree of normal life and reducing emotional and financial strain.

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