Big Mac is the key to rais­ing cash

McDon­ald’s cus­tomers are tops

Rutherglen Reformer - - Road Watch - Edel Ke­nealy

Cus­tomers of McDon­ald’s restau­rants in Ruther­glen and Castlemilk have helped raise thou­sands of pounds for a new Scot­tish Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

The fast food out­lets are two of six owned by lo­cal fran­chisee Kate Walker that have raised over £4,900 for the new Ed­in­burgh house.

Due to open in spring 2018, the fa­cil­ity is a 26-bed­room ‘home away from home’ for fam­i­lies of chil­dren be­ing treated at the Ed­in­burgh hos­pi­tal.

At a cost of £3 mil­lion, McDon­ald’s restau­rants across Glas­gow have raised over £300,000 for the fa­cil­ity over the past three years.

Kate and her staff de­cided to con­trib­ute the money cus­tomers pay for their brown food bags to the cause and also held a se­ries of fundrais­ers.

Staff, to­gether with their col­leagues from across the re­gion, took part in a num­ber of chal­lenges in­clud­ing the Tough Mud­der and ab­seil­ing down the Glas­gow crane.

Kate, who owns six restau­rants across Mother­well, East Kil­bride, Bell­shill, Castlemilk and Ruther­glen, said: “For the last three years, the staff, cus­tomers and I have been proud to con­trib­ute the bag tax money from the restau­rants to this im­por­tant project.

“Ron­ald McDon­ald Houses of­fer an in­valu­able ser­vice to fam­i­lies through­out the UK and we look for­ward to get­ting in­volved in more fundrais­ing for the Scot­tish house and the wider char­ity in the fu­ture.”

The new Ron­ald McDon­ald House is ex­pected to look af­ter as many as 500 fam­i­lies each year. It will be lo­cated on the top floor of the new chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal and will in­clude com­mu­nal ar­eas such as lounges, kitchens, laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties and a play­room.

Ev­ery bed­room has a tele­phone di­rectly linked to the chil­dren’s ward.

The house will be open 365 days a year, pro­vid­ing a free-of-charge place for fam­i­lies to rest, re­lax, eat and be to­gether, away from the stress of the hos­pi­tal ward, yet close enough to be by their child’s bed at a mo­ment’s notice.

The £3m con­struc­tion and an­nual £300,000 run­ning costs will be met by Ron­ald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties.

This is the sec­ond Ron­ald McDon­ald House in Scot­land. There is al­ready has a 30-bed­room house in Glas­gow which has also re­ceived long-stand­ing sup­port from staff and cus­tomers of McDon­ald’s.

The house will be open 365 days a year

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