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We’re here for families

and we have been for over 30 years…

In 2021, we supported 3,916 families across our 12 Houses for an average of 16 nights.

Our families lived an average of 62 miles away from the hospital.

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

Having a child in hospital is an experience that no parent chooses.

Our 12 Houses across the UK not only provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation close to children’s hospitals, they also offer a friendly smile, clean facilities and an invaluable support network.

We’re not just a bed for the night.

It’s been quite the year…

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

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

Our doors have remained open, supporting as many families as possible under government guidance.

During the first year of the pandemic, we were able to support 2,462 families. In a normal year, this can be up to as many as 6,000 families.

Our Houses provide:

An ensuite bedroom

Shared kitchens

Playroom/living areas

24/7 security

However, during the pandemic, they have also provided:

A place for one parent to relax whilst the other parent visits on the ward

Somewhere extended members of the family can visit parents without being in the hospital

A safe place they can bring their hospitalised child on a medical pass, so they can have some time out of the wards or finally meet their siblings

Hear from the families we have supported…

Meeting their sister six months later…: Ella’s story

23rd Aug 2021

When Ella was born, her three big brothers were desperate to meet her, but because of Covid-19, they had to wait six gruelling months to finally get to hold their little sister. Luckily the family were staying at the local Ronald McDonald House so they could still stay together as a family during lockdown.

Everything went downhill within hours: Elsie’s story

16th May 2022

Guest blogger: Katie Everything was fine. We had a quick labour at the Wallingford Birthing Centre. It was then when we took her home, about…

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We knew immediately it would give us a space to reflect: Jessica’s story

16th May 2022

Guest blogger: Victoria Jessica was born at 29 plus two weeks gestation at our local hospital. After initial routine x-rays, she was found to have…

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We leave with a happy heart: Luca’s story

16th May 2022

Guest blogger: Katie The circumstances which led us to Ronald McDonald House Manchester were every new parent’s worst nightmare. After a trouble-free pregnancy, and at…

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Did you know that all Ronald McDonald House rooms have a direct telephone line to their child’s ward?

Our staff are the heart of our Houses…

Madge has been a member of the Brighton House team for almost 22 years.

“My daughter still has, and treasures, the three toy babies that Madge gave her nearly three years ago when we stayed at the Brighton House. A wonderful act of kindness that made such a difference to a little girl going through a tough time. We’ll never forget you Madge.” – mum, Amy

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’.” – Tooting House Manager, Rachel.

Housekeeper Alexandra has worked in our Camberwell House for seven years.

“It makes you feel so good, like you’re giving something back to the community.

“It’s just so nice to see the children get better and progress.” – Camberwell Housekeeper, Alexandra.

Continue to support us in 2022

Looking to take part in an event to help raise money for families with children in hospital?

Skydive 2022

Join Ronald McDonald House Charities UK for a weekend of thrilling Skydiving.  From a number of locations across the UK, you can skydive to keep families close when their seriously ill child is in hospital. .

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Inflatable 5K 2022

Multiple locations

Ronald McDonald House Charities UK are the proud 2022 charity partner of the Inflatable 5K Series. Join #TeamRMHC at an event near you.

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Great Manchester Run 2022

Manchester

Choose between a 10K or half marathon distance and experience the vibrant city of Manchester like never before. With a buzzing atmosphere and booming anthems along the way, this event is not one to be missed.

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Looking just to donate without sweating? It couldn’t be easier.

Learn more about our Charity

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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Our history

Ronald McDonald Houses are located as close as possible to a specialist children’s hospitals across the UK. This means that families can 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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