Help Keep Families Close – Ronald Mc Donald House Charity

Today I want to tell you about a charity that is close to my heart.
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides free ‘home from home’ accommodation to families while their child is in hospital.
This Saturday McDonald’s restaurants are helping this charity.

McDonald’s restaurants around the UK will be bringing the jungle theme to life this Saturday 22ndOctober, with four new wild animal soft toys for customers to purchase for £2.50 each from the Kiosk, front counter and Drive-thru window, with 100% of donations going to the charity.

 Mc Donalds Restaurants are helping RMCH charity 
Back in 2013 my little girl had a problem with her neck. We took her to A&E several times before she was admitted. This was the first of three stays in hospital over the next 18 months. The first time she was admitted we were offered a place to stay at the hospital’s Ronald McDonalds House. Although we lived in the same city, it was still a forty minute drive away from home to the hospital and with two other children there was a lot of juggling going on as at least one person had to be at the hospital with Star at any time. 
Little girl in hospital after an operation
Having a child in hospital is a stressful time and being near to them is very important. It’s important to have all the family close because the siblings of the sick child also have to suffer a complete disruption of their lives. It’s times like this that families need to be close and Ronald Mc Donald Houses offer this opportunity. Sometimes you have to travel to a different city to be with your child in hospital. Imagine how expensive it would be to have to stay in a hotel. Ronald McDonald houses offer their accommodation for free, you have to pay a refundable key deposit which is  not very high. It’s a lifeline for many parents and their families during a very stressful time in their lives.
Having Mc Donalds restaurants on board means they can raise the money they need to keep the houses running. Every little helps so if you can do go along to Mc Donalds this Saturday and buy a toy or pop a little in the box.
man giving money to charity in Mc Donalds Restaurant
Kids love going to Mc Donalds, I know mine do. We have one close by and we will be visiting this Saturday for a spot of lunch. I’ll make sure my change goes in the box and I will treat my kids to a cuddly toy. It will be my way of saying Thank You to Ronald Mc Donalds House and all that they do. Will you join me?
cuddly jungle themed toys available to buy at Mc Donalds
Still not convinced, then please watch this video featuring celebrity dad and ‘Help Us Keep Families Close’ campaign ambassador Jeff Brazier.

If you would like to know more about Star’s journey please check out my other blog www.Zebra Or click the link ‘My Little Zebra’ at the top of this page. 
Disclosure: This post is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I will be giving most of the money I earn back to the Ronald Mc Donald House Charity. (I’m keeping some to pay for our Mc Donalds meal.) 


  1. michelletwinmum
    October 20, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    The Ronald McDonald Houses are so fabulous. When my best friend had her first babe she stayed in one for a very long time and it made all the difference to her. I'm sure we will buy a toy too next time we are at MaccyD's, we did last time they sold them. Mich x

  2. October 21, 2016 / 9:11 am

    I never knew they supported that! what a fab idea and so helpful when parents are going through a very stressful time and just want to be close to their child. x

  3. October 21, 2016 / 9:33 am

    Such a wonderful charity and hope they manage to raise lots through Mcdonalds

  4. October 21, 2016 / 9:40 am

    People don't realise how hard it is having a child in hospital for the families, they do a great job but I know they don't always have places and need every penny they can get.

  5. October 21, 2016 / 9:41 am

    I don't think a lot of people do, I've seen lots of people putting their change in their boxes but they don't always realise where the money is going. x

  6. TheMadHouse
    October 21, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    I have to say that the RM Houses are amazing and we were given the use of pne when Maxi was rushed to Great Ormond Steet as a baby,

  7. October 22, 2016 / 11:14 am

    They are a lifeline to parents aren't they. The one at our hospital is always in use. x

  8. October 24, 2016 / 11:27 am

    I haven't heard of these but sound like a brilliant charity – great awareness post will definitely be looking into these xx

  9. cassfrugalfamily
    October 24, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    I had no idea that they offered this although I had heard of the charity. WHat a great thing to do as it must be stressful enough to have a child in hospital without having to worry about where to stay too x

  10. November 3, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    What a great idea I hope lots of those cute toys were sold because their work sounds so invaluable for families with children in hospital x

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