WELL, we have kept our promise to make Christmas that little bit better for the parents and children relying on Ronald McDonald House this year.
This fantastic charity provides a home from home for the families of seriously ill children who are being treated at the Royal Hospital for Children nearby or at other hospitals in the west of Scotland.
Sometimes it’s just one parent, sometimes it’s two and sometimes it’s also the siblings of the little patients as well who find themselves using Ronald McDonald House as a temporary base during what is a traumatic time for them all.
Frequently, the families come from far away but sometimes they don’t – they are local and they just want to be as close as possible to their sick little ones.
So, back in November, Pacific announced they would collect donations of toys – both for the young patients and for their brothers and sisters who are living temporarily at the house on Govan Road.
The staff at Pacific invited members of the local community to assist them with donations – and, boy, did they respond.
The Pacific team of Lynsay Thomson, Jennifer Strain, Marc Woods, Mark Paxton, Douglas Brown and Gerry McAllister handed over an astonishing 210 wrapped and labelled gifts to fundraising assistant Rachael Gilfillan on Friday, December 20.
This isn’t the first time we have helped out the team and the residents at Ronald McDonald House.
Iin October, we revealed that the staff employed in Pacific’s new bespoke joinery workshop had given of their time and their skills to make betting paddles for the House’s annual Sports Dinner.
Ronald McDonald House is a peaceful, welcoming and safe base that provides families with 31 beautiful bedrooms, kitchen stations, lounges, games room and laundry facilities.
This helps them to forget the stress of being away from home and allows them to concentrate on what matters most – the wellbeing of their children.
Everything is provided free of charge, so the charity needs lots of support from donors – and that’s where Pacific and the local community come in.