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We are Ronald McDonald House Glasgow – a small independent Scottish charity established in December 1994. With no government funding, we rely solely on the kindness and generosity of donors and fundraisers to keep the doors of the House open, to provide families with a welcoming ‘home away from home’.

Initially based next to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in the Yorkhill area of Glasgow, we officially opened our doors to families on 6 March 1996.

Photo of ManBuilding the House was made possible due to the hard work, determination and vision of Gerry McCudden. As Scotland’s very first McDonald’s franchisee, Gerry had the opportunity to see Ronald McDonald Houses in operation first hand during his visits to America. He quickly realised how beneficial this service would be to families in Scotland who find themselves in Glasgow, far from home and supporting a seriously ill child. At the time, there were no facilities at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children for families to stay together.

Inspired by the support he witnessed in America, he instigated the charity “Yorkhill Family House Ltd” which runs as Ronald McDonald House Glasgow.

When paediatric services were re-located to the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow in 2015, we moved into a purpose built house, only 5 minutes’ walk from the hospital, in order to maintain seamless support for families.

Since opening, over 12,000 families have passed through our doors.

Sadly Gerry passed away in 2013, but the House lives on as his legacy.

Thanks to Gerry the House gives seriously ill children the best gift of all – their families.

**We are endorsed but not funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities. We retain the name Ronald McDonald House due to our original licensing agreement. The Glasgow House does not receive support via the McDonald’s collection boxes (as is commonly misunderstood).

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