Mothers’ Union members support the parents whose children stay at the JR Hospital in Oxford in a variety of ways.
There is a Ronald McDonald House in the grounds of the JR in Oxford (adjacent to Car Park 2a if you know the hospital) and members and members donate consumables for the residents there and also to those parents who are not given a room there. We also make a small cake to go in the Christmas hampers that parents receive. Emergency toiletry bags are given to the families of patients who are sitting vigil beside someone nearing the end of their lives and similar bags are given to patients who are admitted to the wards from the Accident and Emergency Department in several hospitals across the Diocese.
Treasured memory kits are given so that families have a record of all their children’s hand and foot prints when one child dies.
In addition, some people work with the chaplaincy team to visit the families on two of the wards to provide a friendly face to talk to: some children stay in hospital for a long time and at the JR, children come from far and wide, so are not always local to the hospital, whilst others are only admitted for a short period of time, but the effect on all families is enormous and an opportunity to chat is often very welcome.
Up to date lists of items required for Ronald McDonald House can be found elsewhere on this site. Their needs vary so please check before donating!
Other hospitals around the diocese (eg, Reading, Milton Keynes and Stoke Mandeville) are supported too by donating emergency toiletries to those who find themselves in A & E.