RONALD McDonald House celebrates its 25th anniversary on 7th May this year, and to commemorate the occasion, will be inviting families past and present who have stayed in the house to come together and join staff for a celebratory afternoon tea party in the gardens. Refreshments for the party will be kindly provided by the Marriott Hotel in Liverpool, and activities for children will run across the afternoon.
The independent charity, known fondly as ‘Mac House’ has provided accommodation and support for over 32,000 families with critically ill children at Alder Hey hospital since it opened its doors back in 1993. Since then, the house has expanded twice and can now accommodate up to 84 families at one time, offering practical and emotional support as well as sibling group activities and group meals each week.
Mac House was given the Royal seal of approval by The Duchess of Cambridge, who visited in 2012 and met with resident families and staff.
The house costs £600k to run, and relies totally on donations. A donation of £25 will pay for one night in one of the 69 bedrooms while £40 covers the cost of a night in one of the 15 apartments. On average, a family stay at Mac House is usually 17 days. Doors are open to families 365 days a year, and rooms are given to families free of charge, to relieve them of any financial worries while their child is in hospital.
Fundraising Manager at Ronald McDonald House Gillian Wilson said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our families back to Mac House, and have a lovely afternoon planned. We are hoping that it will give families a chance to reunite with other families and staff they may have met during their stay with us. It’s also a good opportunity for us to raise awareness of the charity. As an independent charity, our main source of income is through fundraising and donations. In order to keep Mac House running, we need to raise £600,000 each year, and with 84 rooms we have a lot of families depending on us.”
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