Ronald McDonald House Glasgow - £14,600
Keeping families together
Each year, Ronald McDonald House Glasgow provides free accommodation for more than 500 families from across Scotland. In many cases, their child is critically ill in the Royal Hospital for Children and far from home as a result of having been transferred by helicopter or ambulance. The accommodation is a short walk from the hospital and helps families cope by keeping them together and reducing financial stress.
A home from home
The house is open 24/7, 365 days a year with all linen, bedding, cleaning products and cooking essentials provided, as well as heating, lighting and housekeeping. Every one of the 30 bedrooms has a phone linked directly with the children’s ward, so parents can call or be called at a moment’s notice. Throughout the year, the house is at a 95% capacity.
The Crerar Trust’s funding sponsors a family room, Sunflower, for a year. The grant provides a home from home and will also contribute towards the running cost of shared spaces such as the library and dining area.
Seeing the House's great work first hand
In October 2019, a plaque recognising the Trust's donation was unveiled by John Williams, one of the Trust's trustees, and Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa's General Manager, Marc Gardner, along with his 9 year old son, Ben. They met with House Director Helen Craig who showed them around the house and explained about the great work the charity does.
In the Sunflower Room, the plaque reads:
We hope you found this
a safe base and
Home from Home
The Crerar Trust
Marc recalls, "I was delighted to visit Ronald McDonald House and I thought it would be a great experience for Ben, too. It was a real eye-opener: the House is so well thought out and such a calming place to be, designed specifically to reduce stress during an already traumatic time for friends and family.
"Set in the grounds of Glasgow's newest hospital, the location is perfect. From the moment we arrived the team were so friendly and welcoming. The rooms are both spacious and immaculate, and I was really impressed with the cooking and lounge areas provided to make staying there a pleasure.
"Sadly, the House is almost always full and they are planning to increase the number of rooms. I'd like to thank all the team at Ronald McDonald House for opening their doors to us, but especially for the amazing work they do for families in need."