I'll be Up All Night for sick kids
I’m taking part in Up All Night to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities Western Australia (RMHCWA). Walking in an overnight marathon isn’t going to be easy, but it’s nothing compared to being the parent of a sick child.
This cause is close to my heart as my family experienced all that Ronald McDonald House (RMH) offers earlier this year.
In the last twelve months my daughter Claire, and her husband Adrian, gave birth to their second daughter, Elsie. Within a week of being with us, Elsie was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect. She had to undergo open heart surgery at only 9 days old.
The Children’s Hospital, the surgeons, doctors and nurses were all wonderful, but this fundraiser is focusing on the amazing support and care of the RMH team and facilities.
Claire and Adrian were given a room to stay in, only minutes away from Elsie. They were provided with food, as well as an area they could take their older daughter to play or have family visit them. There were volunteers at RMH offering endless support, always happy to help in any way they could. As well as this, they were also provided all the facilities you need when living at a hospital, including washing machines, even down to washing powder, was there for parents.
Having this facility took a massive worry and burden off my family’s shoulders.
Being a Grandad is one of my life’s highlights, and I’m grateful that I have 4 wonderful grandchildren; Elsie being one of them. Claire and Adrian’s experience has highlighted the amazing work being done which is very much in the background to the medical work needed.
This is one example, but everyday families from across WA come to Perth so that their child can receive emergency medical treatment. Ronald McDonald House is their Home Away from Home during the most difficult time of their lives.
I’m stepping up to show the families at Ronald McDonald House that they aren’t alone.
If you can, I’d be delighted you joined me in supporting this cause by donating to my page.
Thank you to my Sponsors
David And Diana Quin-conroy
Brian And Robin Levet
Claire, Adrian, Pippa And Elsie Levet
Karin And Ken Levet
Lisa And John Evans
Lucy And Josh
Linda Ann Fogg