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intu Braehead donation means families can sleep during the day after all night hospital vigil

Chamber News, Member News 27th January 2020

IT was an open and shut case when the team at intu Braehead shopping and leisure destination were deciding what to do with a £2000 prize they won for their longstanding charity work.

They decided to use the cash to buy BLACKOUT CURTAINS for all 31 bedrooms in the Ronald McDonald House, at the Royal Hospital for Children, in Glasgow.

The charity, which provides living accommodation for families of seriously ill children being treated at the hospital, needed the blackout curtains so parents and family members could sleep during the day after spending all night by their child’s bedside.

The £2000 donation came after intu Braehead were runners-up in their parent company intu’s 2019 Chairman’s Prize.

This is a competition involving all of intu’s shopping and leisure destinations in the UK and each centre is judged on the good work carried out on behalf of local good causes. The winners are runners-up are then given a cash prize to give even more help to charities.

The team at intu Braehead impressed the judges with the volunteer and charity work they had previously carried out for Ronald McDonald House –including staff spending more than 500 hours working in the gardens and carrying out maintenance, plus raising £9000 in donations.

John Strachan, chairman of intu Properties visited Ronald McDonald House to hand over a cheque and see for himself how staff there create a home-away-from-home for mums, dads and family members whose children are receiving treatment in the hospital.

Families staying in one of the 31 rooms at the Ronald McDonald House, in the hospital grounds can often spend all night on the ward with their children and need to sleep during the day. But the present curtains in the bedrooms let in daylight and can make sleep difficult.

Helen Craig, House Director of Ronald McDonald House said: “The continued support we have received from intu Braehead and their staff over the past four years has been overwhelming.

“Receiving the donation for being runners-up in the intu Chairman’s Prize will be priceless to families staying with us.

“When you have a seriously ill child in hospital your whole world is turned upside down. Parents remain at their child’s bedside night and day and only step away when they are exhausted.

“Returning to the House for some rest and private space can often mean trying to sleep during the day. Blackout curtains in all of our 31 bedrooms would help create the surroundings where this would be possible.”

John Strachan added: “The partnership with Ronald McDonald House shows great commitment and enthusiasm from the intu Braehead team and the work carried out clearly benefits the charity.”

Peter Beagley, intu Braehead centre director said: “Ronald McDonald House can make a huge difference to families who come from all over Scotland when their child is seriously ill and needs treatment at the Royal Hospital for Children.

“When we found out that something as simple and straightforward as blackout curtains would have such a beneficial effect on families in the House, we had no hesitation in using the money we won in the Chairman’s Prize to buy the curtains.

“I’m very proud of the time and effort staff at intu Braehead puts in to help Ronald McDonald House and they should be proud of what they have done for families when they need help the most.”

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