Dozens of children and their families gathered at Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey to watch favourite actor Ricky Tomlinson place a time capsule within the foundations of 15 brand new family apartments. As a long term supporter of Ronald McDonald House, Ricky has generously donated £1million towards this £1.5million development.
The House currently provides 69 bedrooms for the parents and families of critically ill children being treated at Alder Hey. Despite being one of the biggest of its kind in Europe , the House is full every night and is unable to meet the demands of a lengthy waiting list. Along with increasing the House capacity to 84 families, the new apartments will be particularly beneficial for long stay families (six months or more) and will provide much needed space and privacy.
Jan Thomas, House Director at Ronald McDonald House, explains: “The apartments will provide our families with privacy, normality, and most importantly their own front door. Each room will have one bedroom, kitchen, dining and lounge facilities along with a bathroom and will be able to accommodate upto four people.
“This is a really exciting time for us and we are thrilled that Ricky has joined us today to take part in our celebration. On behalf of Ronald McDonald House, I would like to thank him for his generous donation along with all those families and other supporters who have all played their part in making this fantastic new development happen!”
The time capsule contained letters, cards and poems from families, along with a child’s footprint, photographs and a copy of the Liverpool Echo. Before it was placed amongst some of the bricks of the new build, the capsule was blessed by Alder Hey Chaplain Reverend Dave Williams.
Ricky Tomlinson said: “I’m delighted to be here today to support Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey. The House provides a vital lifeline to parents and families who come to hospital with their critically ill children and these new apartments will be able to give them some much needed support during an incredibly difficult time. I’m looking forward to seeing them completed in June 2011! ”