In 2019, we committed to fund a Day Room at Ronald McDonald House Oxford, which is being expanded into a new 62-bedroom house, accommodating an average of 1,000 families per year.
When a child is in hospital, it is common for families to experience feelings of social isolation and disruption to family routines. Many families require respite from the hospital’s clinical setting in order to recharge and sustain the energy required to meet the needs of a sick child.
We’ve long supported the provision of free accommodation near to hospitals for families whilst their children are receiving treatment. Over the years, we’ve provided £8.9m of funding towards 10 homes across the UK. In 2019, we committed to fund a Day Room at Ronald McDonald House Oxford, which is being expanded into a new 62-bedroom house, Ronald McDonald House, Oxford. The Day Room is just a few minutes away from the children’s ward, meaning that family and friends can very easily move between the two. The space will be complete with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining and play areas to allow families to maintain a degree of normality, re-establish routines and share mealtimes together. Families will be offered activities such as daily coffee mornings, parent pamper days and arts and crafts sessions for siblings, which will help to relieve stress, enhance family cohesion and promote social interaction.
We are really grateful to Children with Cancer UK for generously funding the Day Room at our new Oxford House, which is set to open Summer 2020. The new 62-bedroom house next to the Oxford Children’s Hospital will provide a much needed ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with children undergoing treatment in Oxford Children’s Hospital. Thanks to Children with Cancer UK, the Day Room will provide the perfect place for families to rest and recharge.