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Being responsible

Ronald McDonald House and Jack and Jill Foundation

This year we asked our team members to nominate two charities to support during 2013 and 2014. By a huge margin they picked Ronald McDonald House and the Jack and Jill Foundation.

Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC)

Ronald McDonald House Charity is a global organisation founded in 1974. The first Ronald McDonald House opened in 1975 with the help of local McDonald's restaurants franchisees and McDonald’s customers. RMHC has grown and in 2012 it has chapters in 52 countries and regions. A total of 318 Houses worldwide provide a "home from home" for families of seriously ill children. Ronald McDonald House Charity, Ireland (RMHC Ireland Ltd) was set up in 1997 as RMCC. Their challenge was to fundraise to build the first Ronald McDonald House in Ireland, located at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. RMHC provide accommodation services (a "home away from home") for the families of seriously ill children who are receiving long and short-term hospital treatment. The House is located adjacent to the Children’s Hospital. Predominantly families who stay at the House live more than 2 hours travel time from Crumlin and would otherwise have an additional burden of finding and funding private accommodation.

The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation Charity

The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation Charity was founded in 1996, and provides care and support for children with severe neurological development issues, as well as offering some respite to their parents.

Apart from the obvious trauma and exhaustion parents of these babies suffer, they then have to cope with the bureaucratic demands of the state. Nothing is offered willingly, rather it has to be fought and begged for. This leads to a situation where Jack & Jill not only has to raise funding of up to €3.6 million per annum but must act as advocate for it’s families, securing a carer’s allowance, a medical card, correct housing, special equipment or a primary medical certificate. These are all due to eligible children but very often are delayed until the intervention of the Jack & Jill.

We will be raising money for both charities throughout 2012 via dozens of fund raising activities across all Travelodge Ireland hotels.

For further information on our nominated charities please visit: