Jamie and Tasha will be abseiling down Liverpool Cathedral to raise money for Ronald McDonald House as a result of their colleague Kym's granddaughter, Billie-Marie's various stays in Alder Hey hospital.
There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses as close as is possible to specialist children’s hospitals across the country, from Southampton to Liverpool. They provide accommodation for families whose child is receiving treatment at the hospital, free of charge so parents can stay close to their children. There is a telephone in each room with a direct line to the ward the child is on so that immediate contact can be made either by the ward to the parent or vice versa. There are communal kitchen facilities, laundry facilities, playrooms, lounge areas with TVs and each room is allocated secure fridge, freezer and cupboard space. There are staff and volunteers to run the house and provide much needed support for the families.
The house at Alder Hey hospital can accommodate 84 families a night & has welcomed over 16,000 families since it opened in 1993. It costs £600,000 per year to run the house and in 2015 that target was short by £150,000. The house is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is full 94% of the time and looked after 1,723 families in 2015. The longest stay has been 2.5 years.
We are supporting the charity because of the support they have given to Kym’s family. Kym’s baby grand daughter, Billie-Marie was born 10 weeks premature with a number of health issues, some which we were known before her birth, some of which weren’t and some caused by her early arrival. She was airlifted to
Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool on the day she was born and Kym’s son joined her the same day.
In total, Billie-Marie has spent approximately six months in hospital of her short life (she is not yet two), and on almost every one of those days, Ronald McDonald House has provided a room for her parents to stay.
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