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Children’s charity celebrates 30th birthday party in Tooting

Children’s charity celebrates 30th birthday party in Tooting

  

On Sunday 1 September, Ronald McDonald House Tooting hosted their very own house party as part of a nationwide celebration to mark the 30th birthday of Ronald McDonald House Charities UK.

Ronald McDonald House Tooting provides eight bedrooms and is just one of the 11 Houses across the UK providing an on-site or close free ‘home away from home’ to families with ill children and premature babies in St George’s Hospital. Since the charity opened its Tooting facility in 2005, it has helped over 1,500 families to be close to their children.

Hayley, who stayed at the House when her son Klay had treatment said, “Without the Ronald McDonald House Tooting, we would have spent hours travelling back and forth from the hospital, losing precious moments with Klay. Being so close saved us valuable time, not to mention money, and allowed us to stay together and be a family.”

The house, based next to St George's Hospital in Tooting, which provides a comprehensive range of surgical services specially for children, welcomed families and supporters from all over the area. Special guests included MP for Tooting, Dr Rosena Allin- Khan who has an affiliation with the charity, having worked as a doctor at St George’s Hospital. Families who benefited from staying at the house and experienced first-hand the vital work that the charity does also attended and celebrated in style with cake, games, and activities with House staff.

Speaking at the event, Dr Allin- Khan commented, “I am delighted to be at Ronald McDonald House in St George’s Hospital today to help celebrate 30 years of the charity.

“When a child is seriously ill, they not only need medical care, they also need their families. Ronald McDonald House Charities UK is a vital lifeline to so many families at a time when they really need support. Having a place to unwind away from the hospital makes a big difference, as well as easing the significant financial challenge of finding somewhere to stay close to their sick child.

“It is one of the highlights of my job being able to meet some of the families who have benefited from the support of the House – I am so proud to continue to support them. I know Ronald McDonald House Charities UK will grow from strength to strength over the next 30 years.”

For further information and the latest news and updates about Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, visit www.rmhc.org.uk 
 


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