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A New Ambassador

Meet Jess! Our newest community ambassador.

Hi I’m Jess, married to Ash with 4 children and a sausage dog called Ronald! Ronald McDonald House Bristol holds a very special place in our hearts. In 2018 we were admitted to Bristol children’s hospital with our oldest son Oliver, who suddenly was unable to walk.
It was a whirlwind of scary emotions. We live in Gloucester, at the time I was pregnant with our youngest child and we had 2 other children at home. We had so many uncertainties, like most families who find themselves in this situation…how long would we be in Bristol? Were we going to have to travel backwards and forwards? How would we afford all this?
Then in the midst of all the questions we found out about Ronald McDonald House Bristol and were offered a room and I remember the relief we felt. It lifted a lot of the pressure and worries and was such a blessing to us, we could then just focus on and always be close to our poorly child.
It is just the best place and so essential for families that find themselves in this horrible situation. I remember going to bed there one night and reading a flyer about fundraising for them, I decided in that moment that I would always do my best to raise money for them anyway I could so that they could always continue to do the wonderful work that they do.
As a family we decided to try and focus on several different fundraisers a year to support them as much as we could and to pay our time there forward for other families.
We have had parties, cake sales, raffles, a sponsored walk and big shop and have been totally overwhelmed with the support we have received with our fundraising.
We have more exciting fundraising ideas planned for this coming year and count it a real privilege to be able to give back to a charity that was there for us when we needed it the most.

Thank you so much Jess for all you do for us, we’re so happy to have you on board as an Ambassador ❤️