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Ajah's story

My Amazing Daughter

The door to the elevator at Ronald McDonald House in Christchurch opens and out pops seven-year-old Ajah King. It’s been a good night, and she races around greeting the staff...
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A Space to Recharge

February 2011 is a month I’ll never forget. I was 31 weeks pregnant when a routine visit with my midwife ended with me in Southland Hospital after my blood pressure...
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Wendy Frew

The overwhelming kindness of strangers

It wasn’t until November 2020, when her son Buddie was born at just 36 weeks, that the significance of the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Southland Hospital really hit home....
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Money Box

Money Box Host

Money Box hosts are an important part of our fundraising community. Here, Rebecca Excell from the Winton Night ‘n Day, shares her story – she has recently put a Money Box...
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Muireann's story

A Place to Call Home

At 28 weeks pregnant, Muireann suffered from complications which meant she was transferred to Dunedin Hospital from her home in Queenstown where she stayed for four weeks. She was then...
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William’s Journey

When William was born, we discovered he had a genetic condition called Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome (BWS), which is an overgrowth disorder. Unfortunately, this condition makes him more susceptible to some childhood...
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A year in the life of baby Harvey

A year in the life of baby Harvey

Stevie White and partner Clinton from the West Coast had spent more than 50 nights at Ronald McDonald House South Island prior to and after the birth of son Harvey....
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Jan Nottingham

Beyond Words: Jan Nottingham

It’s been a busy morning for Ronald McDonald House South Island overnight supervisor Jan Nottingham as she prepares for a well-deserved break. With handover done, the kitchen cleaned, morning chats...
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Jenna Orpwood

Second Time Around

The mother of two from Otama spent five weeks in the Family Room after son Toby was born nine weeks early in 2016. “When we were there it was like...
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Community Aroha

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of their commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” There’s something to be...
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