Did you know 8th June is Ronald McDonald House Charity’s PJ Day

Well it is.   And isn’t that photo the greatest result for “PJs” typed into the search box on Unsplash?

This year, on June 8th, Ronald McDonald House Charity is inviting us all to go to work in our PJ’s and to donate £1 to the charity.

As you know, I became involved with the charity when I was invited to their Gala dinner earlier this year and have followed them closely since then to see the incredible work they do with your donations.   Wearing PJs to work or school doesn’t take a huge amount of effort but the donations it generates will make a world of difference to those families staying in one of their houses.

There is a whole stack of information on their website, with printable posters for the work place, letters to parents, even notes for an assembly:  PJ DAY .   Maybe you could ask if your children’s school is getting involved and if they aren’t you could point them towards the website and encourage them to sign up.

I was really moved by the work they do, and wrote about how it has helped support some very close friends of ours in this post just after  I went to the Gala Dinner:  Do you know about Ronald McDonald Houses   

This is Simon and Kelly with little Daisy, taken just after they arrived at a Ronald McDonald House a few years ago.

Having a daughter unexpectedly at 26 weeks +5 days at our local hospital then being immediately transferred to St George’s Tooting was an immensely scary time for us but being miles away from home, family and friends made it a daunting lonely experience.

As soon as I walked into RM house and met Strini I didn’t feel lonely anymore and a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

Daisy is thriving today and a lot of that will be down to the fact Simon and Kelly were able to spend so much time with her as she spent those early days at St George’s.  Not having to spend hours travelling but being able to spend it as a family in those first few precious weeks will have made a huge difference.    And will never be forgotten.

So I will definitely be joining in on June the 8th, even though I will be on a yoga trip in France, I will still join in (yoga clothes and PJs are basically the same thing, right?).   I work from home with my son, and alot of the time Mr B joins us too.  So we will be donating £5 each because £15 could host a breakfast morning so that families can be together.    They can all chat and support each other, knowing that others are going through a similar situation is vitally important.   Not just for the parents but for any siblings too, who are welcome to come along as well.

Maybe you could do the same in your office?

£25 could look after one family for one night at a House.

£100 could pay for toys in a playroom to help siblings of sick children adjust to their stay.

The numbers soon add up and make all the difference to these families at a time they need it the most.

Do let me know if you are joining in so I can share your tweets on line on June 8th!

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