As part of one of Saturday Stitch Club Member Jessica Patel’s Duke of Edinburgh award we are creating two pictures for the walls of the newly refurbished Ronald McDonald House at Northwick Park hospital.
Have a look at the work in progress – if you would like to add a bug or sea creature, send us one!
Wondering what Ronald McDonald has to do with hospitals?
Ronald McDonald House Charities keeps families together so children in hospital can get the love and comfort they need. Ronald McDonald Houses are a ‘home away from home’ for families with children in hospital, somewhere free to stay for as long as they need to. There are currently 15 Ronald McDonald Houses and over 25 sets of Family Rooms across the UK, all just a stone’s throw from the children’s ward. Together, they provide more than 450 rooms for families each night of the year.
Many families travel miles from home so that their child can receive expert medical care from specialist children’s hospitals across the UK. Often, children have to remain in hospital for months at a time, so for the families, staying close to their child can be a struggle. Without a local Ronald McDonald House, many parents have to sleep on a chair by their child’s bed, on a pull down bed if this is available, or pay vast sums of money for hotel accommodation.