We have rooms for every age group and interest - The Youth Play Room for toddler play, the Multi-Purpose Space for therapeutic programs like Pet Therapy, and the Teen Game Room providing a great interactive area for older kids with four T.V’s and a variety of gaming stations. These fun spaces inside RMH London provide entertainment for every age group keeping a little bit of normal in a time of chaos!
When staying in one of RMH London’s 34 bedrooms, families are asked to pay just $10 a night and are never turned away due to inability to pay. When the actual costs to host one family for one night is closer to $179, donations help support the necessities in each room. From the mini-fridge for medication and breastmilk, to the thermostats providing unique room to room comfort, down to the bedside lamp encouraging downtime to caregivers constantly on-the-go.
Each of our 34 bedrooms has a private ensuite, and there are additional refresh rooms in the common areas for families, visitors and volunteers. Simple things, like taking a warm shower after a long night sitting bedside at the hospital, can make all the difference in keeping caregivers strong for their children.
Families find fully stocked laundry rooms close to their bedrooms on each floor of the House. With an average stay of 7 days, and many returning for follow up visits, accessible laundry makes it easy for caregivers to do laundry and keep favourite 'blankies' refreshed for little loved ones.
A variety of open areas give families a space to visit with guests, recline on the couch to watch T.V, catch up with friends online or re-energize with a coffee – a fresh pot is always brewing! These spaces are also where you can see caregivers coming together and sharing words of encouragement as they meet others going through similar situations.
The kitchen is the heart of the home – a space where our families and community come together. Four ovens cook daily lunches and dinners for families generously prepared by volunteers, a large dishwasher is constantly running to keep dishware sanitized, and multiple refrigerators keep leftovers ready for on-the-go meals to take back to the hospital.
The generous gifst made will help to provide the “behind the scenes” necessities that keep our House cozy for the important things, like…
· A good night sleep in a cozy private bedroom- regenerating parents from many long days in hospital and sleepless nights
· A hot and refreshing shower to re-energize a tired parent
· Access to laundry to help refresh a favourite “blankie” or stuffy
Kyleigh’s Family had RMH London to illuminate strength on their most difficult days…
“When I look back over the past year it feels like a dream. As if all the health issues Kyleigh had, and overcome were just terrible dreams.
I then change her clothes or her shirt dips a little low. I see the scars from the I.V. pokes, the scars from her drainage, or the chest scar from her open heart surgery. When I see these, I see a fighter, I see a survivor, I see a life, and I see a warrior.
When I see her smile and laugh, I hear her cry, squeal, talk and babble, I see the love of our family, friends, surgeons, doctors, and nurses.
When she blows a kiss or gives a snuggle or hug, I feel the love of a community.
Over the past year she has taught me what is important, what is worth fighting for and not to worry over the small things.
Kyleigh is an active, sassy, happy, full of life 17month old. She does nothing slowly and continues to surprise us daily. She is a gift we will be forever grateful for. Thank you RMH London for being our home-away-from-home.”
XOXO Kristy, Brent and Kyleigh
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