Connect: Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Glasgow have been short-listed to become one of the latest recipients of funding from Scotmid’s Community Connect initiative – potentially being awarded up to £15,000 to make a difference to the valued service they provide in the local area.

Community Connect was launched in 2017 and enables Scotmid members to award good cause groups in their local area with funding of up to £15,000, generated via the sale of single use carrier bags.

In Scotmid’s West Member Region – encompassing Glasgow and the west of Scotland – Ronald McDonald House Glasgow are one of three good cause groups, who have been short-listed by a Scotmid member selection panel to receive a financial award. Scotmid members will decide on how the pot of £25,000 is awarded.  The group with the most votes will receive £15,000 and the two runners-up will each receive £5,000.  Scotmid members can cast their votes in store from the 8-22 September or attend the OGM which will be held at the Bellshill Doubletree by Hilton on Tuesday 1 October.

The other short-listed Good Cause Groups are The Haven, Blantyre and Strathcarron Hospice.

John Brodie, Chief Executive of Scotmid, said: “We are passionate about supporting local causes which are close to the hearts and minds of our members, customers and staff and are thrilled to have such worthy causes nominated to receive our latest round of Community Connect funding. We know how much those who work for these charities go above and beyond every single day for the benefit of their service users and local communities and this should be celebrated.

“We wish Ronald McDonald House the very best of luck and hope that the Glasgow community West of Scotland communities can get behind them and cast their votes so that the most amount of money can go towards helping them bring worthwhile projects to life.”

Ronald McDonald House Glasgow keeps families together by providing free “home away from home” accommodation to families from across Scotland, North of England and often further afield whose seriously ill child is in the adjacent Glasgow Children’s hospital.

The Community Connect funding will be used to refurbish a bedroom to make it fully accessible and suitable to meet the different needs of families.

Helen Craig, House Director from Ronald McDonald House Glasgow, said: “Our work is completely reliant on donations and in-kind support, so to receive funding from Scotmid’s Community Connect initiative would enable us to refurbish one of our bedrooms so that much-needed families can continue to make the most of the services we offer.  We’d love it if those throughout the West of Scotland could lend their support to our cause and cast their vote for us in their local Scotmid store!”

Scotmid members collect votes by swiping their Community Connect card after every in-store purchase and then cast their votes for their preferred good cause group either in-store or at Scotmid’s West Region Ordinary General Meeting in Bellshill in October 2019.

Image (left to right): Rachel Gilfillan (Fundraising Administrator) and Helen Craig (House Director) along with the charity’s House Mascot, Ted.

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