Based on the campus of Scotland’s largest children’s hospital, Ronald McDonald House offers free accommodation and amenities to families of critically ill children. As an independent charity, it relies solely on its own fundraising efforts to continue operations.
Arthur McKay is currently on site working on internal refurbishment works at the house. When complete, the remodelling works will create additional ensuite accommodation and a new, open plan, reception area. The objective is to create a “home from home” feel, so that families staying at the house can support each other in their time of need, for as long as their child is undergoing treatment in hospital.
When a child is taken to hospital with a life threatening illness or injury, parents drop everything to be by their child’s side. Often this means they don’t have time to pick up basic household essentials and so when Arthur McKay’s Operations Manager, Gordon McLeod, offered assistance a “Shopping Basket” collection was suggested.
Gordon McLeod commented:
“When we started working with Ronald McDonald House, I was really surprised to hear that they are an independent charity and, as such, do not receive any direct funding from the McDonald’s corporation. The charity provides such an important service, we wanted to do our little bit to raise awareness of the charity amongst our staff and, at the same time, offer practical assistance to families in their time of need.”
Kirsten Graham, Corporate and Major Donor Fundraiser, added:
“It has been a pleasure working with the Arthur McKay team during the refurbishment project. Not only do they take great care with the quality of their work, they also cared enough to volunteer to do a ‘Shopping Basket’ collection for the charity. It is an absolute joy to work with contractors that are compassionate and when they hear more about the services we provide, are inspired to make a contribution. “
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