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 hospital.
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 quiet room.
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 facility.
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.
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.
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 overnight.
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 nearby.
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 children.
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 and families.
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).