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Campaign Against McDonalds Update on McDonalds hospital-site
On Monday Oct 23 1995, the National Lottery Charities Board Scotland announced
a £635,000 contribution to Ronald McDonald House, a hostel facility
provided for families of seriously ill children. This prompted campaigners
to meet with hospital authorities
It has become clear that McDonalds financial input is a once-only payment
of £0.5 million. The balance of construction costs, £1.6m, coming
from Yorkhill NHS Trust and the National Lotteries Charities Board. The
lottery will contribute £45,000 p.a. for
While putting forward the case for disassociation with McDonalds Corp on
the hostel provision, campaigners will seek assurances that the facility
is not merely a prelude to McDonalds' aspiration towards securing the lucrative
burger branches on hospital sites.
Experience from other parts of the country suggests that whenever McDonalds
Corp encounters local resistance to expansion on hospital facilities, that
community is offered a hostel with the almost inevitable result that sites
previously closed to them are suddenly accessible.
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE YORKHILL
TO BENEFIT FROM THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
TO BENEFIT HUNDREDS OF SCOTTISH FAMILIES
A ' HOME AWAY FROM HOME'
TO BE PROVIDED FOR FAMILIES OF SERIOUSLY ILL CHILDREN
October 23, 1995
The National Lottery Charities Board Scotland, announced a £635.000
contribution to Ronald McDonald House at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children,
Commenting on the announcement, John Slater, Director, Yorkhill Family House
"I am delighted with the decision by the National Lottery
Charities Board Scotland, to award this project £635,000 thus ensuring
that we will be able to provide this much needed facility which will make
a great difference to the lives of many families."
The cost of developing the House is £1.6 million. To date £1 million
has been contributed jointly by Ronald McDonald Children's Charities and
the Yorkhill NHS Trust. This amount, together with the capital grant of
£500,000 from the National Lotteries "The House is a "home
away from home" for families of children suffering from serious illness
or complex paediatric conditions. It is a place where families will stay
at no cost, while their child is being treated in hospital.
"When a child is seriously ill and has to go into hospital
it can be a very distressing and upsetting time for parents and children,
particularly those who live far away from the hospital. At a time like this,
children need to be close to their parents The first Ronald McDonald House
was opened in Philadelphia in 1974 and there are now 165 Houses world-wide."
The first House in the UK is situated at Guy's Hospital in London, and the
second at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.
What facilities are provided at the House?
First and foremost, we want to ensure that the House will be a "home
away from home" with a comfortable family environment. The house will
have 24 family bedrooms of varying size including wheelchair accessible
bedrooms, as well as teenagers' rooms, so..
How much is it costing to build the House?
The cost of developing the House including furnishings and equipment is
£1.6 million. The annual running costs of the House are estimated at
How is it being funded?
£1 million is being funded jointly by Ronald McDonald Children's Charities
and the Yorkhill NHS Trust. Other funding is being generated through corporate
sponsorship and fund raising activities.