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Ronald McDonald House Charities®

RMHC - Ronald McDonald House Charities is an independent, registered charity providing free 'home away from home' accommodation for families with children in hospital and hospices across the UK, helping to keep family units together during what can be an extremely stressful time.

What we do

RMHC UK was established in 1989. It is one of a network of RMHC 'chapters' operating in 52 countries throughout the world, providing services to support the wellbeing of children and families.

Accommodation is provided through Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which are located near to the hospital or adjacent to the ward, giving families the chance to get some crucial rest and to regain a sense of normality.

Where possible, every bedroom has a telephone directly linked to the hospital ward. Knowing they can have direct contact with the ward should an emergency arise at any time of the day or night, gives families peace of mind and helps them to relax.

Why we do it

In any year, up to one in every fifteen children and young people will be admitted to hospital. For some families, this is no more than an inconvenience, as their child will only be in hospital for one or two nights. For other families who have travelled a long distance for their child's treatment or who find themselves facing weeks or even months of in-patient care ahead, the lack of sleep can have a real and profound impact on their ability to cope with their child's need for support.

RMHC is able to provide support to such families and ensure they have somewhere to stay that is close to the hospital and available without cost. This means there is one less thing to worry about and parents can concentrate on their child's care.

The story so far

The Charity has achieved a lot in the last 20 years. Fourteen Ronald McDonald Houses have been built which, along with 29 sets of Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, provide over 400 bedrooms every single night of the year. However, there is still a great deal to do. Many families still have to sleep on camp beds or in their cars in order to be close to their children and, with your help, RMHC is determined to help as many of these as possible.

Want to know more?

If you would like to donate or find out more information on RMHC then please visit www.rmhc.org.uk or contact one of the team on 0844 840 0844.