McDonald’s has celebrated 30 years of fundraising for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK by throwing birthday parties in their restaurants throughout the UK.
McDonald’s is the biggest supporter of the charity – contributing an estimated £100 million over the last 30 years, via its collection boxes and fundraising efforts of staff and crew members. Restaurants in Gosforth Park, Coast Road, Cramlington and Asda Longbenton hosted fundraising parties with face painting, fancy dress, raffles, bake sales, balloon modeling and collection boxes.
McDonald’s restaurants in Newcastle have raised £1899 for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. The charity which provides homes away from home accommodation for families with poorly children in hospitals.
Restaurants across the country have pledged to raise an extra £500,000 for the charity in October 2020, starting with birthday parties on the 12th and 13th of October to celebrate 30 years of supporting the cause, during its annual ‘Make A Difference Weekend’.
The restaurants in Gosforth Park, Coast Road, Cramlington and Asda Longbenton, run by franchisees Bill Liddy and Emma Vieira, took part in the nation-wide fundraiser. The weekend involved family-friendly activities such as face painting, fancy dress, raffles, bake sales, balloon modeling and collection boxes. As well as fundraising activities, four new cuddly toys are also currently on sale in all McDonald’s restaurants. The toys can be purchased at £2.99 each or four for £10, and each toy sold will result in a minimum donation of £1 to Ronald McDonald House Charities UK.
Franchisee Bill Liddy said:
“I am incredibly proud that for thirty years McDonald’s restaurant teams, office staff and fellow franchisees have worked tirelessly to raise money, awareness and to volunteer their time for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK to support families with seriously ill children. My restaurants have supported the charities for the past 20 years, and my team often take part in organising events including an 18-mile sponsored walk along Hadrian’s Wall and a sponsored canoe around 3 lakes in Keilder.”
Franchisee Emma Vieira said:
“Our customers and their support are instrumental in enabling us to continue to fundraise for such a worthy cause. I’d like to thank all the people of Newcastle who got involved and donated to help raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. If you couldn’t make it, then you can always use our new donate at kiosk facility next time you come in for a meal – it really is that simple to keep families together when their children are in hospital.”
McDonald’s raises money for the RMHC throughout the year and this month it has made it even easier for customers to get involved. On October 1st restaurants added a brand new ‘donate at kiosk’ option to its restaurant screens. Customers now have the option to round their bill up to the nearest pound or alternatively add 1p, 10p or 20p via the self-order kiosks in the restaurants.