Crane Worldwide Logistics has raised funds to sponsor a room at Ronald McDonald House Evelina London in 2023. Evelina London House, based near St Thomas’ Hospital in central London, is operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, a charity that provides a free ‘home away from home’ to help ease the emotional and financial burden of having a child in hospital.
The Crane Cares initiative began when the Evelina London House supported a Crane Worldwide team member from the Heathrow office amid the COVID pandemic.
When Ellis Miah, operations coordinator for Crane Worldwide Logistics in London, and his wife welcomed their son, Oscar, who was born seven weeks premature with a pre-diagnosed heart condition, the family had no idea what to expect. Oscar’s heart condition has prevented his right lung from getting enough blood to develop properly – and he probably never will. As a result, his heart is on the wrong side and he now needs a prosthetic lung to keep everything in the right place in his chest. Also, Oscar’s esophagus did not join properly in utero. At just two days old, Oscar underwent surgery to correct his esophagus, but it caused damage to his airway muscles. Therefore, his airway cannot stay open without his tracheostomy tube and ventilator.
The charity provided a place to stay and supported the family through all of Oscar’s surgeries – each riskier and more life-threatening than the last. They provided comfort and strength during the family’s darkest hours.
Following the support Oscar and his family received from Evelina London House, the Crane Worldwide team wanted to support the charity so that more families could receive care and reduce financial burdens. That’s when the wheels started to turn on how a fundraiser could take place. to best support the organization.
The Evelina London House, part of Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, relies heavily on the charitable efforts of the business community to continue to operate 13 homes across the UK, providing a ‘home away from home’ self” when parents of critically ill children need support. With hotel rooms costing up to £300 in central London, the charity eases the financial burden but, more importantly, provides much-needed care to parents and families in their most difficult times.
“We are grateful for the fundraising activities of companies such as Crane Worldwide Logistics,” comments Ben Walker, corporate fundraiser at Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. “With rising energy and operating costs, external fundraising is essential to continue our team’s support of parents and families. From volunteer work to corporate fundraising, we encourage the business community to reach out and get involved with our charity. Their support is needed more than ever,” he adds.
Crane Worldwide Logistics is committed to achieving new goals in its fundraising efforts. In 2023, Danny Piper, Account Manager at Crane Worldwide Logistics Heathrow, will dedicate his time to training for the TCS London Marathon in April and running the 26-mile course representing Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. His support will further raise awareness in the community of vital funds needed.
“Sponsoring the room Oscar’s family stayed in at Evelina London House is a great achievement for the team and we were delighted to be back with Oscar to sponsor the room. It took great teamwork, incredible effort and dedication to achieve our fundraising goal and we succeeded,” comments Jason Stretton, Regional Vice President, Crane Worldwide Logistics EMEA.
“Crane Worldwide Logistics is committed to partnerships, not only with our customers and suppliers, but also in the communities in which we operate through our Crane Cares initiatives. We are very proud of our colleague’s fundraising efforts and look forward to supporting Danny in his commitment to run the London Marathon in 2023,” he adds.
Seeing Oscar walk into Evelina London House with his family to open the sponsored room was a big moment for everyone involved. Greeted with hugs and warmth, it’s obvious that Evelina London House is an amazing place run by amazing people.
Danny’s fundraising page for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK for the London Marathon is now open for community donations: https://2023tcslondonmarathon.enthuse.com/pf/daniel-piper
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