The new $27 million Ronald McDonald House in Nedlands, officially opened today by Premier Colin Barnett, provides a home away from home to an increased number of families of seriously ill children who are receiving treatment.
Compared to the existing house in Subiaco, the facility will provide almost triple the amount of accommodation with 47 family rooms, accommodating up to 220 people each night. It has the potential to help more than 800 families from across regional Western Australia each year at no cost to them.
The new house, next to the new Perth Children's Hospital, provides easy access for children receiving treatment and ensures families can remain close by. The building cost was partly funded by a Lotterywest grant of $8 million and $5 millio from the state government's Royalties for Regions program.
Ronald McDonald House is the licenced trading name of WA charity Home Away from Home Inc.