A House to Relish!
House Manchester celebrated its Topping Out with a couple of
very special guests. Sir Geoff Hurst and Sir Bobby Charlton
attended to show their support for the new House.
When it is completed in April next
year it will provide a 'home away from home' environment for
families who need to stay close to their children who are
in-patients in our Children's Hospital and Saint Mary's.
The house is being built by Ronald
McDonald House Charities and will provide 60 en-suite bedrooms,
communal lounges, kitchens, dining areas, playrooms, laundry
facilities, a teenager room and a quiet room over five floors.
Many families have to travel to our
site from across North West, the UK and even from around the world
so that their children can receive specialist treatment. The House
will also be available to families coming to the hospital for day
care, for example those whose children are receiving chemotherapy
or renal dialysis.
It will be the fifteenth Ronald
McDonald House in the UK.
The House is costing £7.5 million to
build with an additional £500,000 a year in running costs,
totalling £8 million in the first year.
Topping Out events traditionally
celebrate a building reaching its highest point and this was the
case with our House as we were recognising the completion of the