Keeping families together when it matters mostRONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES

 

 

 

It’s our charity of choice

It’s important for children in hospital to have their family around. Ronald McDonald House Charities gives them a welcoming place to stay nearby. We’re a family restaurant, so keeping families together when they have a seriously ill child is something that’s really important to us. With your help, we’ve been supporting them since 1989.

What does Ronald McDonald House Charities do?When you’re a child in hospital, having your family around can make all the difference. It can make something that’s really scary a lot more bearable. The Charity helps keep families together, by providing accommodation near specialist children’s hospitals. It gives them a ‘home away from home’ where they can rest, cook and take time out. Each House also has staff who are there to provide help and support to the families, so they can focus on giving their child the care they need.

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Helping to keep Cameron’s family by his sideWatch how Ronald McDonald House Charities helped one family when their son Cameron suffered a life-threatening heart problem. They spent 49 nights at Ronald McDonald House Southampton. That meant they could be by his side as much as possible, from the day he arrived in hospital, to the day he went home.

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What McDonald’s does to help the CharityWe’re the largest corporate supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities. As well as donating part of our profits, we also hold annual fundraising days. In 2016 we raised £500,000 by selling jungle-themed toys. We also support them in other ways, such as providing free office space, business resources and advertising. And you also play a huge part through the collection boxes in our restaurants. All that change adds up. In 2016 you helped raise a massive £3 million.

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Raising money in many waysAlong with our franchisees, we take part in regular charity events, like a sponsored cycle across Madagascar, which raised £175,000. We also took part in the Whole Hog, a muddy 10k obstacle course. In 2017 over 1000 crew members joined the fun, raising £100,000.

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Every donation makes a differenceEvery penny you donate goes to supporting the existing Ronald McDonald Houses and building more. The newest are the Evelina London and Cardiff Houses. The Charity plan to launch their next Houses in Oxford and Edinburgh because more Houses mean even more families can stay close to their children.

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Did you know?Over 8,000 families stayed in a Ronald McDonald House in 2017.

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