In 2021 Ronald McDonald House Glasgow provided free accommodation for 316 families from all across Scotland and much further afield, including a Dad from Cyprus who was with us for just over 3 months. The current average stay in the House is 28 nights – The House is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the recovery of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their heads to rest.
As you know, we rely entirely on our own fundraising efforts to keep the doors of the House open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Even the various lockdowns haven’t stopped us as we have remained open throughout the pandemic. The lockdowns also certainly haven’t stopped our supporters as 2021 saw nearly 100 dedicated supporters fundraising on our behalf. They ran, they cycled, they took on challenges. They were brilliant! Over 50 Community groups rallied round too hosting charity stalls, donating household items and selecting us as their charity of the year. A huge shout-out also goes to all the schools and colleges who dressed up, dressed down, sang Carols or raised funds to make our never ending wishlist of items for the House come true. So many other organisations, community grant programmes, trust and foundations came alongside us last year.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO YOU ALL! We wouldn’t be here without YOU!
‘In Person’ Events
We were thrilled to host our first ‘in person’ event at the end of September with our inaugural RMHG Day at Turnberry’s prestigious King Robert the Bruce Course. We tee-ed off with a hot breakfast, followed by an 18-hole game with competitions and the all-important bar stop along the course. Dinner and Prize Ceremony rounded off a fantastic day, supported by 18 4-ball teams. We raised over £15,000 which will fund just under 1 years accommodation for our families to stay close together at the House.
We are indebted to ESG for sponsoring the event, without their support the event wouldn’t have been the success it was!
‘Heart to Heart’
Our first newsletter was published in the Autumn and you can read it here! It’s been a lovely way for us to keep in touch with ex families and our many friends and supporters. The Muir family shared their story of life at the House during lockdown and we were able to look back on 25 years of the House during our Jubilee year.
If you’d like to receive our Spring/Summer 2022 edition, due out shortly, simply click here.
‘Home away from Home’
The quality of our accommodation and facilities is very important to us as we want families to feel relaxed and comfortable during the stay. One of our families treated us to air fryers in the kitchen and further funding has meant every bedroom now has a hand-held hoover. Fresh duvets and pillows for each of the beds will mean a good night’s sleep for all our residents thanks to the support from many charitable trusts.
It’s the little things that make a big difference when you’re away from home. If you’d like to contribute a wee something to the House, hop on to our Amazon Wishlist which is continually updated. We’d love your support!
We know that everyone has faced the same turmoil in steering ourselves through this pandemic. However, our service continues to be a vital lifeline for families. We are needed more than ever as there is no pause from children becoming seriously ill and their families wishing to remain close by their side.
With your help, we can continue to give our families the blessing of warmth, hope and shelter at our ‘home away from home’ during these anxious times.
From our House to yours, this comes with our fondest wishes to you and your family for a brighter year ahead.