Ronald McDonald House Cardiff, opening in June 2017, provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with children in hospital.
Ronald McDonald House Charities provide free accommodation for families with children in hospital. Much of the time, families will find themselves far away from home, friends and relatives so that they can stay with their child. At this very difficult and traumatic time in their lives, having a place to stay but still being able to be close to their child is of enormous importance. Ronald McDonald Houses are only built at hospitals with a specialist area of care, in the case of Cardiff, it is the neonatal unit. There are currently 12 Ronald McDonald Houses operating throughout the UK, ranging from small 7 bedroomed Houses, to much larger facilities with up to 62 bedrooms.
The House in Cardiff which is due to open summer 2017, will have 30 bedrooms and we anticipate that it will provide accommodation for up to 300 families each year. These families would otherwise have been living at their child’s bedside or having to pay for costly hotel or travel bills. Families staying at a Ronald McDonald House will have their own bedroom and en suite bathroom and the House provides communal kitchen and living areas so families are able to do their own cooking and laundry during their stay. Some families may only stay with us for a few days but there are some who will stay for weeks, months and even years at a time, it is in these cases in particular that Ronald McDonald Houses are so important. Our aim is to “keep families closer” during a child’s stay in hospital.