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A catch up with some of 2020’s fab fundraisers

We were so happy to finally get to welcome back Charlotte and Karl as well as Thom and his parents for cheque presentations at the house!

It was fantastic to see Ambassadors Charlotte and Karl today for their incredible cheque presentation of £20,000 raised in son Oscar’s memory over the past year.
2020 would have marked Oscar’s 10th Birthday and despite the challenges of Covid-19 they still managed to mark this occasion with some fab fundraising for our home from home.
Karl and Charlotte stayed in the house back in 2010 when Oscar was born prematurely and transferred from Swindon.
“From the very beginning of his journey Oscar showed true strength, courage and determination and filled us with love and inspiration. During Oscar’s life he underwent an operation on his bowel at 6 days old, a blood infection, a lumbar puncture, several blood transfusions and daily tests.
Even when Oscar’s condition was deteriorating, he continued to show signs of strength and improvement and proved to be a real fighter right to the end.
Fundraising is so vital for The Ronald McDonald House in Bristol, they do not receive any support from the well-known Ronald McDonald charity, and rely solely on fundraisers and donations to provide such fantastic home from home facilities to the families that really need it.
Our room at the Ronald McDonald House really helped to take away the added stress of traveling to and from Swindon to Bristol, especially knowing that we were only a 2 minute walk away should the hospital call us. It also gave us a place to have some time when things got very emotional.
Until being in a situation like we were in you really do not realise how invaluable places like the Ronald McDonald House are.”
Karl and Charlotte have been truly amazing supporters of our house over the years and we are just so grateful for they do. Thank you so much for your continued support and a huge congratulations for this incredible achievement! We are proud to be a part of Oscar’s legacy.
It was wonderful to see Thom and parents Nicola and Lee today to reveal Thom’s room plaque and present his cheque!
Last year Thom walked 1,000 miles for our home from home, aiming to raise £1,000 and more than tripling it!

“A few days after my 11th birthday, I fell and broke my collarbone. It hurt. A lot! When I went to the hospital I saw lots of scared children, and some I was told, had come from quite far away and would have to stay there overnight. I live in Bristol so I went home after my visit but lots of families have nowhere to stay when their children are in the hospital and that’s why the Ronald McDonald House Bristol is so amazing. 

The RMH Bristol can let families with children in critical care at the Bristol Hospital for Children, stay with them, for free, for as long as they need. I think they are amazing and because I got to go home with my family after my accident, I want to help them help more families who can’t always go home straight away.”

Thank you so much Thom, such an amazing achievement.