Feb 28, 2017
The Duchess of Cambridge today officially opened the new Ronald McDonald House Evelina London - a 59-bedroom facility we have helped build for families whose children are being treated at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, part of Guy's and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
On her visit Her Royal Highness toured the new Ronald McDonald House Evelina London and met staff and Evelina London doctors and nurses.
She heard many moving stories of families and siblings already staying at the new House who were finding their new ‘home away from home’ greatly eased the stress and strain of having a sick child, and gave them more time to concentrate on the condition of their child.
The new £13 million House, which has been built and is run by the independent charity Ronald McDonald House Charities, opened its doors to its first families in December 2016. Sited just a short walk from the hospital, it will be able to accommodate some 975 families a year, who can stay free of charge, close to their children, for as long as they need, with some staying months and even years.
The building is more than just a place to stay. It has a large day-room, kitchens and dining areas, laundry rooms, playrooms and has full disabled access. Provision has been made for siblings and larger families to be able to be together. There is a telephone in each bedroom with a direct line to the child’s ward.
"The House will mean more than double the number of families can be near their children when they most need them. It provides a welcoming and nurturing environment just a short walk from our front doors, helping families to best support their children.”
Dr Grenville Fox, Clinical Director, Children's Medical Specialties & Neonatology at Evelina London
Evelina London House has been built in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, which made a significant contribution to the cost of the build. We have provided the land and helped to bring the parties together.
"We are delighted to have supported the Ronald McDonald House Evelina London to help families continue being families during a testing time in their lives. A huge congratulations to everyone involved in this landmark project for generations of families to come.”
Kieron Boyle, our Chief Executive