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Thankyou and Merry Christmas from all of us at Mac House!
As 2018 comes to an end, we would like to thank all of our families and supporters for their help. Mac House depends on YOU and your support, and we thank each and every one of you!
A Mac House Christmas Family Story
For most of our families, arriving at Mac House is unexpected. Many families don’t know how long they will be with us for, and in some cases it can be months or even years. Having a place to call home, which is close to your sick child, is so important, and it’s important for families to be together – especially at Christmas. The best way for us to share the message of what we do here at Mac House is through the voices of our families. Many thanks to Susan Smith for sharing her story.
“Before Matthew was born, we knew there was a problem with his health. I went into labour in Shrewsbury, where I live, and the local hospital only had one special cot available, so I was sent to the closest hospital which could help, which was Liverpool Women’s hospital. Matthew was taken away from me aged 8 hours and taken to Alder Hey. The hospital found a fistular to his lungs and were able to operate and save his life.
Five days later, I came to Mac House so I could be close to Matthew while he was in hospital. Because I was so far from home, it was reassuring to have a place to stay. We stayed in the main house at first, and after four months of us staying there, the new apartments were opened. We were the very first family to stay in Knotty Ash apartment. Our family stayed at Mac House for many months, it became our home. Before Christmas, Matthew was on ICU and had heart surgery. It was so important for us to stay close to him. At Christmas time, my other two children came to stay at the apartment, along with my mother in law, and we were able to spend Christmas together as a family, with Matthew. We put up a Christmas tree and went Christmas shopping together. It enabled us to have some normality as a family. On Christmas Day, Matthew was able to spend some time with us all. He came over from the ward with his nurse, who was lovely, and we all had Christmas dinner together. It was a lovely day.
Matthew is now doing well. He has had his trachea out for 18 months and we have been back to Mac House when he has been back in for treatment. During our time at Mac House we got to know other families and we keep in touch with them all via Facebook. We have a lot of good memories of the people we met, the staff and the volunteers. We couldn’t have managed without Mac House.”
A Room At Mac House For Christmas
Over Christmas, Mac House will be keeping families together. Having a child in hospital at any time of the year is hard, but at Christmas it is even more difficult. At Mac House we will make sure that the families who are staying with us have a special Christmas and can stay close to their children in the hospital.
There are different ways that you can help our families at Christmas, including sponsoring a room for a family to stay with us over the festive period, for £30. Vouchers for a room can be bought on our website: https://ronaldmcdonaldhouseliverpool.org.uk/shop-2/
You can also light up a window at Mac House in memory of a loved one, or as a Christmas gift for someone special here: https://visufund.co.uk/light-up-mac-house-for-christmas