Ronald McDonald House Charities UK has launched a brand-new family room at its Birmingham House for families of hospitalised children, thanks to a £20,000 donation from M6toll.
M6toll donated £20,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities UK through its Drive for Charity campaign, which over the last 15 years has donated more than £1 million to good causes across the region. The funding has enabled the charity to design a new recreational room in their Birmingham House, which is to be known as the ‘teenage lounge’, dedicated to sick children’s siblings who are staying in the House.
The charity provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with children in hospital. They currently run 12 Houses across the UK including a 66 bedroom House in Birmingham. Over the last ten years the Birmingham House has housed more than 7,000 families, whose children are based in Birmingham Children’s hospital.
The launch event welcomed representatives from M6toll, families staying in the House and VIPs, including Anita Bhalla OBE and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, to the launch of its new teenage lounge.
Andy Cliffe, chief executive at M6toll said: “It is vital that businesses engage and support local communities and it is a real pleasure and honour for us to be able to fund this room. It is a fabulous charity and we hope the new facility can be used by many families for many years to come.”
Natalie Wood, corporate fundraiser at Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, said: “We’re delighted to open our new teenage lounge, which has kindly been refurnished thanks to a grant from M6toll.
“As an independent charity, we rely on generous donations from local communities and businesses. For us to have a partnership with a company like M6toll has been amazing, especially as we hope it will help alleviate some of the anxiety associated with having a seriously ill sister or brother in hospital”
Olivia Saxelby, a parent who is currently staying in Ronald McDonald House Birmingham, said: “The new room is incredible and will provide the perfect space for siblings and parents to relax and take a moment to step away from the stresses of hospital life.”
In total, £43,000 will be distributed through the company’s Drive for Charity Partner scheme this year, with additional monthly donations of up to £1,500 continuing throughout the year through the Drive for Charity in the Community scheme.
Details of community and charity support work undertaken by M6toll under its Drive for Charity programme can be found at www.m6toll.co.uk