As you know, The Ronald McDonald House has one simple mission – to keep families together so they can care for each other and provide their sick child in Crumlin Hospital with the best medicine there is, the love of their family. Over the last 14 years, the Ronald McDonald House has provided a home from home to over 3,000 families from all over Ireland. But it has taken so many extraordinary people to make that possible.
And so this Christmas we wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you to all our incredible fundraisers, cyclists and walkers for all the sweat and tears – and the vital funds you have raised. Many thanks to all our Golf and Ball supporters – your continued supportis appreciated every year. Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers and chefs for your energy and generosity – and for the loving support you offer everyone who stays here.
And of course, a special thanks to all the wonderful families who have stayed in the Ronald McDonald House over the years. More than anything else it is your support for each other, your courage and your endless love that has made this House a real home. Thank you all. It is your hard work, your thoughts and your support that fill this House with love every day. And every family that is with us tonight feels that support and are so deeply grateful to you for it.
The Beasley Family, Co Kerry
Pádraig Beasley- or Podge as his sister Julia calls him – has been staying here in the Ronald McDonald House for the last few months after undergoing a stem cell transplant to combat his aggressive cancer. Pádraig’s amazing smile and the constant jokes he likes to tell have filled our house with such joy and hope over the last few weeks. Pádraig’s mum Maeve wants you to know just how much the Ronald
McDonald House means to her and her family during this incredibly stressful time in their lives. Maeve is hoping that she and Pádraig will be able to have Christmas at home in Kerry this year. However, Pádraig still has some way to go in his treatment so he will be returning to Crumlin Hospital and Maeve and her family will be coming back to us here in the Ronald McDonald House. But as Maeve says, knowing that the House will be here when they need it is such a comfort.
“The Ronald McDonald House is incredible. It changes everything. Now we can even look forward to parts of the journey rather than dreading every step of it.” – Maeve.
Click here to read a special letter from the Beasley Family RMHC_Xmas_ParentNote
As I am sure you know, work is well under way clearing the site for the new Children’s Hospital on the St. James’s Hospital site. And very soon we hope to start construction of The New Ronald McDonald House, which we are delighted to say, will be situated right at the heart of the new Hospital.Raising the funds to build our new House will be the greatest challenge we have ever faced. But I am so hopeful and confident that we will reach our target because over the last 14 years we have seen just how much you and our amazing family of supporters, volunteers, parents and friends have achieved. We will keep you up-to-date with all the developments for the new House over the next few months. But for now, all of our efforts and thoughts are focused on supporting the families who are staying with us today and making sure that we can continue to care for all the families who have yet to arrive. Thank you so much for all you have done. Every donation, every meal, every kind wish we receive means the world to us. We all wish you the most wonderful festive season. And most importantly, we hope that you and the ones you love can be together this Christmas.
As I am sure you know, work has already begun on the New Children’s Hospital on the St. James’s Hospital site.
Well we are delighted to tell you that The Ronald McDonald House Charity has secured a fantastic space for our brand new House – right at the centre of the new hospital campus.
Our new home will have 53 separate family rooms and is going to be a wonderful and exciting development. But the most important thing for all of the team here is to make sure that the new House is just as special and welcoming as our current home is.
So we are following one parent’s wonderful suggestion and are making a special Welcome Home Message Book for new families, to leave in each of the 53 rooms in our new home. And we want to fill that book with the personal messages, private memories and cherished words of advice from families, like yours, who know what it is like to care for a sick child in hospital.
We would really love you to add your own message to that book. We know it would mean so much to so many families.
So if you would like to add a message of your own or would like to know more about our Welcome Home Book then please just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call any of the team at 01 456 0435 and let us know your new address and we’ll send you out all the details.
Even if you’d prefer not to send a message, there are so many other ways you can help – from joining us on special ‘family days’ or posting special messages online, to helping us fundraise for the new House. So please contact us so we can keep in touch and keep you up to date with all the plans for the new House.
We would really love to hear from you.
We have always said that the real heart of The Ronald McDonald House comes from extraordinary families, like yours, who surround each other with the most incredible love and support every day. But, as you know, the really special part is that all our love and support continues long after people leave the House.
We think the Welcome Home Book is such a gorgeous way of showing new families that they are not alone. And we know that your own personal words of advice or support would mean so much to families facing into their first night here at The Ronald McDonald House.
All our Love