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Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for parents with sick children and premature babies being treated at the hospital’s Arrowe Park site.

Completely funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), it is located on the first floor of the Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital.


Caring for families in Wirral and beyond
The Ronald McDonald House offers families the opportunity to cook together, eat together and share their experiences of the day. This mutual support helps families through a difficult time, while house staff are always ready to lend a listening ear.

The accommodation comprises of seven ensuite bedrooms, sleeping up to 28 people every single night of the year. There is also a quiet room which gives families the time and space to reflect after a stressful day and a children’s play area which caters for children from birth to adolescence with toys, TV, DVDs and games.


Families are referred to the house by our neonatal ward or children’s ward manager or deputy manager. Once a referral has been accepted by the house manager, parents must complete a registration form and agree to comply with the house guidelines.


Cathy Churchill is the House Manager. Cathy can be contacted by calling 0151 604 7789 or by emailing her at cathy.churchill@rmhc.org.uk.


About Ronald McDonald House Charities

  • Many sick children are now treated in specialist hospitals distant from their homes, as specialist medical treatments are increasingly provided from regional or national centres of excellence.
  • RMHC is an independent charity which aims to provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to enable families to stay close to their child and maintain a degree of normal family life.
  • The charity has achieved a great deal in the last 20 years. Twelve Ronald McDonald Houses have been built which, along with 29 sets of Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, provide over 350 bedrooms every single night of the year.
  • The charity’s biggest source of income comes from the collection boxes in McDonald’s restaurants, through which customers give millions of pounds each year. In addition, McDonald’s employees and suppliers support the charity by organising fundraising events and donating their personal time. The company and its franchisees also make a generous yearly donation to the charity from their profits.
  • Jon Haward, Director of RMHC says: “Having a child admitted into hospital is every parent’s worst nightmare. Ronald McDonald Houses provide support for families at this difficult time, enabling them not only to stay together, but also to share their experiences with other families going through the same thing.”

Further information about Ronald McDonald House Charities can be found on their dedicated website at www.rmhc.org.uk.

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