Ronald McDonald House, Liverpool, is a home from home where families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at Alder Hey Children's Hospital can live, without charge, for the duration of their child's stay. This enables families to maintain a degree of normal life while their child is undergoing medical treatment.
We work with determination to ensure we can give up to 84 families a warm and welcoming environment for as long as they need – be it a matter of days, months or even years. The House is equipped with everything you would expect to find in your own home including bedrooms, kitchens and communal areas. Where possible, we also have quiet spaces for siblings to do their school work and for parents to work remotely – in this way we ensure families can still operate together, as they would do at home. They can cook, clean rest and be together, all the time knowing that they are only moments away from their child in Hospital.
Having a sick child can impact families across all areas of their lives. Time, money, stress, loss of education and loss of earnings are but a few of the ways in which families can be affected by their child being cared for in Hospital. Children that require specialist medical care can often be in Hospital for months or even years at a time.
RMH provides all of this, but it is an expensive resource. The House is a registered Charity and is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. The cost of accommodating a family for one week is approximately £175 and the annual running costs of the House amount to £650,000.