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Ronald McDonald House – helping parents in Tooting and the UK

Ronald McDonald House – helping parents in Tooting and the UK

| by Ronald McDonald House Tooting | Posted in News

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with sick children in hospital. This month, Steph Freeborough, House Assistant at Ronald McDonald House in Tooting, would like to share three wonderful heartwarming stories of how they’ve helped the parents of ill children this year in Tooting and around the country.

This month I wanted to share a video campaign following three families who all stayed at Ronald McDonald Houses for very different reasons. We meet the families and they share how they coped with the emotional rollercoaster of having a child in hospital far from home.

Isaac and Sarah
Isaac and Sarah

Mum Sarah was told by doctors that her unborn baby Isaac was suffering from gastroschisis, a rare condition causing a baby’s intestines to develop outside of their stomach. Travelling two hours home without her baby never crossed Sarah’s mind, but after she was no longer able to stay in parent accommodation on the ward, she realised she had nowhere to sleep. She felt guilty every moment she was away from Isaac. Although she’d driven past the Tooting House numerous times, Sarah discovered the House when she sought advice from a MumsNet forum and asked the ward to refer her. Staying with us at Ronald McDonald House Tooting enabled her to rest and be strong for Isaac, and also meet other families going through the same situation as them.

Anjna, Simon and Mia
Anjna, Simon and Mia

When first-time parents Anjna and Simon discovered red freckles and a lump on their little girl Mia, they were told to go to hospital immediately where their worst fears were confirmed – Mia was diagnosed with leukaemia. The couple struggled to keep the balance between staying close to Mia and having somewhere to live. Anjna hadn’t slept properly for days and Simon had constant bills for hotels, petrol and car parking. Anjna had never realised the support Ronald McDonald House Birmingham offered families, despite having driven past it hundreds of times before Mia was ill. When Simon was offered a room there, he couldn’t wait to get back to the hospital to tell his family they had somewhere to stay.

Theo and Family
Theo and Family

Phil and Lisa longed for a second child to join their 12-year-old son Jack, and their dream came true when Lisa fell pregnant with baby Theo. But when Theo was born after just 25 weeks of pregnancy, Phil and Lisa were faced with over 100 days in hospital, while their tiny newborn fought for his life on the neonatal unit. Phil and Lisa expected to be able to stay with their baby, but it wasn’t as simple as that. In a panic, the couple tried to rent a flat nearby, but the landlords told them they could be waiting weeks. Phil and Lisa didn’t have any idea what to do – all they knew is that they had to stay close to their baby son. One of the nurses told them about Ronald McDonald House Manchester and helped them to fill out their application form and they both felt the weight of the pressure lift.

Want to hear from the families themselves? Watch all of the videos here.



You can find out more about Ronald McDonald House Tooting on their website and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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