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RONALD McDONALD WRITES...ON HEALTH

07-10-2008

McDonalds

Stirrer blogger Dr David Nicholl yesterday questioned the role of the Ronald McDonald Foundation in providing beds and equipment for the NHS. That prompted a swift response from the charity.

The thrust of Doc Dave's article was essential Health Service equipment should be provided by the taxpayer - not the "giving" arm of an organisation accused by some critics of contributing to the nation's obesity epidemic (see link here)

This is the extremely courteous reply he received - which we're happy to print in full:

"Dear Dr Nicholl

My name is Jon Haward and I am director of RMHC- Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent, registered Charity which provides free 'home from away from home' accommodation for families with children in hospital and hospices across the UK. Over 400 families of sick children benefit from our accommodation every night.

"I watched with interest your conversation with David Cameron on the recently broadcast Panorama programme, during which you questioned the rationale behind the existence of a Ronald McDonald House at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

"Whilst we are very proud of our association with McDonald's, and grateful for the company for its continued support, the reality is that we are a charitable sector organisation in our own right.

I would welcome the opportunity to meet you and explain more about the charity. Can I therefore extend an invitation to you to visit our House at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, so that you can see first hand the service we provide".

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