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Weʼre raising £5,000 to support Ronald McDonald House Charities, providing free accommodation for families at specialist children's hospitals across the UK.

Manchester, UK

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About Ryan Anderson

Ryan's mum and dad are Dean and Sam and his older sister is Sophie who is 12 years old. Ryan was a very loving little boy with a beautiful, cheeky smile. He was also strong minded and knew how to get what he wanted! His most favourite things to do were playing with his toy cars and throwing his dummies around the room - or at his family! He loved Mickey Mouse. Ryan also loved animals, particularly dogs, cats and fish and often stood at the window to look at the birds.

Their favourite memory as a family was when they took Ryan to Blackpool and he went swimming for the first time. He was that overwhelmed by the experience he ended up falling asleep in the pool! Another favourite memory of Ryan was when he used to dance to the music played by his toy car, shaking his bum with one hand waving in the air! He was an extremely unique little boy too. When he was first born, he donated his umbilical cord to save someone's life who had cancer.

As a young family, Dean and Sam have been through what's every parent's worst nightmare. Their beautiful little boy became very poorly at the age of 18 months old. After daily tests and MRI scans, doctors informed Ryan's parents that he had a tumour on his brain. Further invasive tests over a traumatic period of 2 months revealed that baby Ryan had a very rare leukaemia on the brain. Despite beginning chemotherapy treatment, he passed away on 31st July 2017 at the age of 21 months old with his parents by his side.

During Ryan's illness and time in hospital, his family faced additional financial pressures when his mum, Sam, lost her job. They struggled financially and finding the money to eat, as well as nearly losing their home. Ryan's funeral was partly funded by a charity that pays for funeral costs when a child passes away from cancer. This enabled Dean and Sam to ensure Ryan had the memorial service that they wanted to give him.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ryan was treated and cared for at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. His family stayed in one of the Houses provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities. There are 14 houses across the UK which provide 'home away from home' accommodation to families with a child in hospital. They help alleviate some of the financial and emotional burdens they can face. Each House has en-suite bedrooms with a telephone which links directly to the wards so the hospital can get in touch with them easily.

Families have access to communal kitchens so they can cook proper homemade meals together and maintain some degree of normal family life. They can stay as long as they need – days, weeks, months and even years. In 2017, more than 50% of the 8,000 families the charity supports had to travel over 20 miles to visit their child in hospital. Imagine having to face that every day when you are already physically and emotionally exhausted. Ronald McDonald House Charities gives them a warm and welcoming place to rest their heads and be close to their child during the toughest time in their lives.

Our target

Ryan's family want to raise money to help other parents who are faced with living in a hospital to be by their poorly child's side.

Our target is to raise £5000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities by November 2018.

How your money will help Ronald McDonald House Charities

If we can reach this goal, then we achieve two very important things:

Goal 1

It costs £25.00 to provide one night's accommodation to a family in a Ronald McDonald House. The money we raise will keep many families in safe and comfortable accommodation for 200 nights, allowing them to rest, sleep and eat right across the corridor from their sick child.

Goal 2

By donating this amount of money to the Charity, a room at the Manchester House where Ryan’s family stayed will be sponsored with a plaque in his name, enabling his family to keep his memory alive.

A personal message from Dean, Sam and Sophie

“Your help would mean the world to us as a family. Ryan will not get to have his first day at school or any other special days. But by reaching our target, he can help another family who are going though the same thing as we did. Ryan helped so many people during his short life, without him even knowing it. He helped us get the council house we live in now and he also helped his sister Sophie get a place at the school she wanted to go to after the council found out about his illness.

It was an honour to be his dad, mum and sister and we will always be so proud of Ryan. He will always be a legacy. Your donations will enable the Ronald McDonald House Charities to continue the work they do to help families like ours and keep his memory alive. Thank you so much”.

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  • Joanne Linder2 months ago
    Joanne Linder

    Joanne Linder

    2 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    We are proud to announce that we have made it to our £5000 target! It is AMAZING news - we are so grateful to everyone. Your money will give 200 days and nights worth of accommodation and food to a family with a sick child in hospital so they never have to be far away from their babies. It will also enable the room that Ryan stayed in with his family to be sponsored in his name to keep his memory alive. THANK YOU for making this happen for them, and for helping other families facing one of the most difficult times of their lives. WE DID IT.

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  • Joanne Linder3 months ago
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    Joanne Linder

    3 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    BREAKING NEWS! We have just hit a massive £3000! THANK YOU so much to everyone who has helped us get to this amazing milestone after just 9 weeks of fundraising. You are all absolutely fantastic and every single donation - no matter how big or small - has enabled us to get this far. THANK YOU xxx

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Page last updated on: 7/3/2018 8:09 PM

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    Jul 3, 2018

    On behalf of everyone who bought a ticket to our Red Carpet Charity Evening - we did it!!!!!xxx

    £657.00

  • Lauren Creed

    Lauren Creed

    Jul 2, 2018

    A wonderful cause to raise donations and awareness for. The Creeds x

  • Tracy Vernon

    Tracy Vernon

    Jun 25, 2018

    I did a collection at my darts presentation and this is what was raised, so thankyou to the customers in the church pub and the failsworth ladies darts league for your donations. X

    £138.66

  • Rebecca Wallis

    Rebecca Wallis

    Jun 22, 2018

    Big Bala 🏊‍♂️ Sponsor Money, from work colleagues, WI ladies of Llanelidan and generous friends 👍

    £510.00

  • From Michelle, Beechwood Cancer Care

    From Michelle, Beechwood Cancer Care

    Jun 21, 2018

    Thank you so much Michelle for your support, you are amazing! :) xx

    £20.00

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    From Sam and Joanne

    Jun 21, 2018

    Our scratch card winnings! :) xxx

    £15.00

  • On behalf of Jeff & Elizabeth Bradley

    On behalf of Jeff & Elizabeth Bradley

    Jun 21, 2018

    Thank you so much for your kind donation Jeff & Elizabeth :) xxx

    £10.00

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Joanne Linder

Joanne Linder

Manchester, UK

I met Ryan's family through a bereavement support group as Ryan passed away on the same day as my mum. As the owner of a small business, I want to help to raise the profile of the campaign to enable this special family to reach their target for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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