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Taylor tells us her story

I had my son Presley in March 2019. My world came crashing down when I discovered he would need to stay in hospital for a while due to issues with his kidneys. As a single mother having just given birth, I was an emotional wreck and I felt so alone. I had to find a way to be able to split my time between my children, as I had a 3 year old at home.

Presley spent time at the Neonatal unit in the children’s hospital. I didn’t want to leave him even for a second – the thought of leaving him and going home without my baby hurt me so much.

Welcomed with Open Arms

But then I discovered Ronald McDonald House Glasgow, who turned my situation into an easier one. They welcomed me and my daughter with open arms – my daughter thought it was a holiday!

We had our own cooking facilities that even had a play area, which allowed me to still feel like I was at home. The House is just a 5 minute walk from the Neonatal unit. This made it easy for me to go and feed Presley whenever I could, and be with both him and Harper at the same time. The House even had a phone in your room where you can phone the ward! The hospital is open 24 hours and so is the House, the staff were amazing.

Some nights I’d feel quite sad, and the staff would be there to listen to me. Even just sitting down and having a normal conversation with another adult was amazing! I met some amazing other families and although we were all in different situations with regards to the length of time we would be in the House, we were experiencing similar circumstances of why we needed to be there.

I always remember seeing people fundraising and sometimes I would be guilty of walking past and turning a blind eye to charity buckets, like most people do. I never thought I’d need Ronald McDonald House Glasgow, but it just goes to show you never know when you’ll need the help too. Please support this House – I always will.

I will never forget what the House did for me and my family. Without donations and fundraising to the charity, I wouldn’t have coped as well with the pressure I faced. Words can’t describe how special the House is to me and my family. I have memories I’ll cherish forever.

We love Ronald McDonald House Glasgow – Taylor, Harper and Presley.

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