At Play2Give we was delighted to give our helping hand and support the building of a brand new facility to keep families accommodated and close by to sick children at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.
Over the course of three years from 2018 we fundraised tirelessly to help make the dream of the brand new 62-bedroomed Ronald McDonald House Oxford a reality.
After numerous cakes sales, countless tombolas and raffles, a masquerade ball, danceathons, fun days, Marianne Slipper's 14-month long fundraising sales and car boots, fitness-a-thons, walks, runs, musical bingos, a Didcot mum and son's Newbury colour run, and much more we have provided over £10,000 in funds.
Our invaluable funds helped to create the construction of the brand new House which opened last May 2020, adjacent to the Women's Centre on the John Radcliffe Hospital site.
The new 62-bedroomed facility is able to support more families than ever before through tough distressing and difficult times whilst their sick child and siblings are being cared for in the Children's Hospital, neonatal care and Paediatric intensive care areas.
We were proud in raising over £10,000 to be able to sponsor a family room for a year.
The Play2Give Family Room was unveiled in the House recently, and now sits a plaque bearing our name on the door.
We are also proud of the fact that through our unrelenting and dedicated support we were able to fund a room at 400 nights, to keep a family close whilst they cope in the most distressing and challenging times of seeing their child poorly and often the families staying in the surroundings of Ronald McDonald Houses often for weeks, or months on end.
We didn't just provide gifts last Christmas to parents (gifts raised as part of our annual Sleigh2Give campaign) and provided crockery for the kitchen at the old house in 2017, our support extended far beyond by making a long lasting impact to help create a special purpose-built facility that cost £14million, a fundraising drive we were very proud to be a part of thanks to your support contributions and involvement.
We are all about "changing transforming and saving lives" and this we have done in abundance since being created in 2007.
We have gone on to support nearly 30 county-wide causes raising over £290k, some individual children and families in Didcot, provided grants in December to help families struggling with the financial impact of Covid-19, and we now provide clothing packages to less privileged and struggling individuals.
Our particular focus being in helping children, health and disability causes, and we are very proud that in 2022 we will celebrate our 15th birthday!
For more information on our work or to make a donation visit play2give.org.uk