Families using Ronald McDonald House Charities’ ‘home away from home’ facility during hospital stays at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, are to benefit from nearly £10,000 donated by Millennium Point Trust.

This is our first ever grant to support poorly children and their families at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Support for families

The grant will fund a room at the Ronald McDonald House Birmingham which provides bedrooms that enable families to support their children through stays at Birmingham Children’s Hospital – by cooking together, eating together and sharing their experiences. The House also offers a lounge, kitchen and play area for families visiting the hospital for the day.

Ronald McDonald House provides facilities for families to cook, sleep and spaces to relax all in a short walk from the hospital

In keeping with the Trust’s aims, the sponsored room includes technology, games and challenges to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Pioneering work

Making the presentation, Judith Armstrong, Chief Executive of Millennium Point, praised the Hospital for its pioneering and caring work.

“The work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities is hugely impressive. Last year the House enabled more than 1,000 families to stay close to their children in the hospital. We hope our support will enable children and their families to make a speedy recovery in a stimulating environment that has lots to interest and intrigue them.

“It gives me and the trustees great pleasure to see the direct impact we can have as a charity on such a fantastic organisation whilst also meeting our aims of promoting STEM education opportunities.”

Natalie Wood, Corporate Fundraiser at Ronald McDonald House and Judith Armstrong, CEO of Millennium Point
in front of the room sponsored by the Trust

Ronald McDonald House Birmingham at St Mary’s Row, which celebrates its 10th anniversary next year, is one of the largest purpose-built accommodation facilities in the UK providing “an oasis” for families visiting Birmingham Children’s Hospital – which each year treats nearly 250,000 children from all over the UK.

Judith Armstrong, CEO, Abbie Vlahakis, Finance Director and Vanessa Currie, Head of People, Learning and Development all of Millennium Point sit down with Natalie Wood, Corporate Fundraiser at Ronald McDonald House in one of the communal lounges

“Families and parents of children who use the Ronald McDonald House Birmingham all speak of the support it gives them during difficult and stressful periods. It is an oasis of calm – and a fantastic place in which to rest and keep each other company during challenging times. We are delighted to support their work,” said Judith who unveiled a plaque to mark the donation at a grant presentation held at the House.

What's Millennium Point Trust?

The Millennium Point Trust is a local charity which supports science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands. Profits from our commercial activity as a premier events venue, landlord and coworking space in our iconic building in Eastside fund the charitable activities of the Trust. This year alone we have awarded grants to six different organisations in the education, charity and business sectors totalling £350,000. Each of these supports Millennium Point’s principal focus of encouraging interest in STEM.

To find out more about Millennium Point, please call 0121 202 2200 or email [email protected]