A new Ronald McDonald House is opening in Cardiff this summer and HM have been adding some finishing touches to the interior with wallpaper, cut vinyl graphics and acrylic signage.
The House will provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children being treated at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital and the neo-natal intensive care unit at University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
Once open, the Ronald McDonald House will be able to support 30 families each night of the year, completely free of charge.
• Ronald McDonald Houses help families strengthen coping abilities by keeping families together.
• Parents whose children have longer hospital stays benefit from higher quality sleep at a Ronald McDonald House compared to parents who slept at their child’s hospital bedside.
• Ronald McDonald Houses provide spaces to play. Playing with other children experiencing similar situations can help these children cope with trauma.
• Ronald McDonald Houses could save a family with a sick child as much as £282 per week in unexpected extra costs, such as travel, eating out and hotel bills.