Ronald McDonald House opened nearly 23 years ago as a home-away-from-home for the families of sick children being treated in the children’s wards at Guy’s Hospital. Since the doors opened it has been used by many parents (and siblings) of children undergoing kidney treatment.
The transplant team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ performs 25% of all children’s kidney transplants in the UK and many of the families live as far away as Dorset. When the children have had their transplants they need to attend transplant clinic every day and the house is often used by families who would otherwise have to travel into London daily.
Currently the Guy’s and St Thomas’ KPA sponsor two rooms in the house: Frog and Turtle; they are the biggest rooms containing five beds; they are often used by a transplant family and soon become their ‘Home from Home’.