I first wrote about Ronald McDonald House Charities last year as part of their moments campaign. For those that don’t know, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is an independent Charity which aims to provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK, enabling families to stay close to their child and maintain a degree of normal family life.
This year their campaign involves story books as part of a wider campaign featuring the character of a child’s night light, to bring to life the comfort they provide for families and seriously ill children.
Supporters had a chance to name the character and provided 1000 suggestions; judges finally decided on Patch.
The campaign involves the release of a series of 10 story books featuring Patch, all available to download for free as pdfs from www.rmhc.org.uk/nightlight. The first four books are now live with all 10 being released by 29 October.
The first story about Patch and friends is set in Camberwell in South London. I love the fact that the story is set in a real city and the pictures are actually of real places in the city and have just been edited slightly to make them more colourful and appealing to the children.
The text is nice and simple for little children to read and understand and is in poetry form with words rhyming at the end of sentences.
The short stories also seem to have a moral behind them. In the first story it is about confronting your fear which is something that most children likely have to do when they go to hospital.
Bee loved looking at the pictures with me on the laptop and listening to the story, she is at that age now where she understands a lot more and the story was perfect for her.
Do pop over to http://www.rmhc.org.uk/nightlight and download the free stories. You also have the option to donate to the charity if you would like to.
Thanks for sharing! They are doing a great job and it feels awesome reading about such companies involved in charity.
What a great idea. 🙂
Aaliyah | http://www.thelifeofaaliyah.com
I love free books! Thanks for sharing.
Ronald McDonald House Charities’s is doing a great job. we should join hands in serving homeless. I’ll forward the message.
The free ebooks sound great. I hope my son loves reading it. Thanks for sharring
MashaAllah, love the article!
It was nice to hear a first hand account of a charity from someone who isn’t working for them.
The free ebooks sound great.
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Brilliant. This is a great idea – remembering those in the hospital and trying to provide comfort to them away from home. It is so easy to take it for granted that there are people in the hospital when we have sound health.
Hope to check the books out soon.
Wow, this is a great initiative. I wish we had something like this is South Africa as many families come from rural areas to the hospitals in big cities and struggle to find accommodation they can afford. Thank you for sharing.
A very worthy charity mashAllah. Creating books is a really innovative idea to raise awareness and funds. Thank you for bringing this cause to our attention.
Thanks for sharing this. I’m happy to know I can download stories for free and that too with lessons to learn from.
I really do love their initiarive, but are they afdiliated with McDs not that that it matters lol. Just wondering.
Oh hadn’t thought about that…just googled and it appears they are a partner.
Such a wonderful idea! I will definitely check this out! Thank you for highlighting this organisation!
What a lovely charity idea. It’s something that would have never crossed my mind. JazakAllah for sharing.
What a great idea! I’ll be sharing this with my friends. Thanks for spreading the word!
Salaam sis, jazakumullah khair for introducing me to this charity. I haven’t heard of it but it is a brilliant initiative that they are doing. Brilliant article 🙂