Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) opened accommodation for
families with sick children at the new Royal Manchester Children's
Hospital in May 2012.
The Ronald McDonald House provides free 'home away from home'
accommodation for families of children being treated at the
hospital for as long as the families need it.
Many families have to travel to Manchester from across North
West, the UK and even from around the world so that their children
can receive specialist treatment at the Children's hospital.
The new 60 bedroom Ronald McDonald House enables up to 60
families to stay at any one time and be close to their children in
It is the fifteenth Ronald McDonald House in the UK.
The Ronald McDonald House is made up of five floors. As well as
the 60-ensuite bedrooms there are communal lounges, kitchens,
dining areas, playrooms, laundry facilities, a teenager room and a
The House allows access to families coming to the hospital for
day care, for example those whose children are receiving
chemotherapy or renal dialysis.
The House cost around £7.5 million to build with an additional
£500,000 a year in running costs, totalling £8 million in the first
year. RMHC is calling on businesses and the community across the
North West to help raise funds for running costs of the
The House is on the new Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
site in central Manchester and parents and families with children
in the hospital will be no more than a few minutes from their
children thanks to the new facility.
Who is Ronald McDonald House Charities?
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is an independent Charity
that provides free 'home away from home' accommodation at
children's hospitals and hospices, enabling families to stay close
to their child and maintain a degree of normal family life.
Why is this needed?
There are not enough family accommodation facilities in
children's hospitals across the UK.
Thousands of children are admitted to hospital every year - many
of whom have to travel far from home for specialist treatment - yet
only a small number of these parents are offered a place to stay
Families come first
RMHC believes that every parent should be able to stay close to
their child when they are admitted to hospital and research
suggests that children recover better when their parents are
By doing what we do best, hospitals can do what they do
RMHC works with over 40 hospital trusts. The Charity's expertise
in creating a "home away from home" for the families of sick
children means that hospitals can invest more of their resources,
expertise and passion into caring for and treating sick
There is still much more to do
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.
The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital provides specialist
healthcare services for children and young people throughout the
North West, as well as nationally and internationally. The hospital
sees over 140,000 patient visits each year across a range of
specialties including oncology, haematology, bone marrow
transplant, burns, genetics, and orthopaedics.
The new Royal Manchester Children's Hospital opened on Thursday
11th June 2009. It has been designed so that all departments are
close to the equipment and support that they need. This means
patients and staff won't have to travel far within the hospital. It
also has purpose-built accommodation with ensuite rooms for carers
With 371 beds it is the largest single-site children's hospital
in the UK (but whilst the hospital has some accommodation for
parents and families of sick children and pull down beds next to
the majority of patient beds, the new Ronald McDonald House will
add 240 beds to this capacity, helping long term stay families be
near their sick children as well as enabling day care families not
to have to travel).
For more information on this project, please visit www.rmhc.org.uk/manchester
or contact Anna Bullock, Regional Fundraiser for the North, on 0161
253 4118, or e-mail email@example.com