A delighted representative from the Ronald Macdonald House Charities visited the school on Monday 25th September 2017 to accept the sum of £260.08 raised by students in mentor groups U1R and L3R last term during a charity fund-raising day.
L3R enjoyed an informative presentation during which they learnt that the charity provides accommodation for the parents and families of very sick children whilst they have long term hospital treatment; some being premature babies needing long term care until they are strong enough to go home, whilst others have to return for rehabilitation from time to time.
The independent charity was founded in 1989 in the UK to make available a free ‘home away from home’ facility. It is a four storey building in the grounds of the Southampton Hospital, comprising 53 en suite family bedrooms with a fully equipped kitchen and dining/lounge area on every floor and a telephone linked to the children’s wards. This is one of fifteen across the UK.
The charity was first established in Philadelphia USA in 1974 and is McDonald’s charity of choice. The Southampton unit costs £540.000 per year to run, and the charity was extremely pleased with the donation £260.00 from the students of Wilton Campus.
A letter of thanks from the charity can be found here.