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Press Release: Ronald House at Children’s Hospital for Wales’

Gorffenaf 26, 2017

 New accommodation for parents of sick children ‘a really welcome addition to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales’ – Julie Morgan AM and Anna McMorrin MP

Julie Morgan, AM for Cardiff North, and Anna McMorrin, MP for Cardiff North, yesterday [July 25] visited a newly-opened accommodation block for families of children being treated at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales. Their visit coincided with the first families arriving to stay.

Ronald McDonald House Cardiff is a purpose-built, 30-bedroom free ‘home away from home’ for the families of children being treated at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales and neonatal unit in Cardiff.

It’s being run by Ronald McDonald House Charities – an independent charity that provides free accommodation to families who have children in hospital across the UK. It has been developed in partnership with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, which made a significant contribution to the £6 million cost of the build and provided the land.

Julie Morgan said: “This facility should make all the difference to families who often come from far afield and need somewhere to stay. It is traumatic to have a sick child and of course you want to stay as close to them as possible. It’s not always possible for parents to stay on a ward and accommodation can be hard to find and expensive.

“I particularly like the fact that families can cook their own meals when staying at the House – it will help them feel at home and also save money on expensive takeaways and meals out which they would otherwise have to buy. It’s also fantastic that parents can stay in the House as long as they need to until their children recover.”

Anna McMorrin MP said: “As the newly elected MP for Cardiff North, I am delighted that the first Ronald McDonald House in Wales is at the University Hospital of Wales, supporting families here and throughout the country.

“The thought that Julian and his team have put into every aspect really shows, making it a warm and welcome environment where families can be together, as well as supporting one another during a difficult time.”

“I’d like to say a special thank you to all those people who have made it a reality; the volunteers, fundraisers, staff, supporters and families, as well as Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.”