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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’.

Photo of ManBuilding the House was made possible due to the hard work, determination and vision of the late 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. Gerry 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 Yorkhill Children’s Hospital for families to stay together.

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

Initially based next to Yorkhill Hospital in the West End of Glasgow, our doors officially opened to families on 6 March 1996. When paediatric services were re-located to the Royal Hospital for Children, next to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in 2015, we moved into a purpose built house, only 5 minutes’ walk from the hospital, in order to maintain seamless support for families.

Sadly Gerry passed away in 2013, but the House lives on as his legacy and his vision has supported over 12,000 families 

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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