October is Mallinckrodt’s Global Month of Service, a company-wide initiative encouraging employees to give back to our local communities through volunteer and fundraising events.
When a child falls seriously ill, an entire family’s world becomes centered around the needs and care of that child. In Ireland, some families facing this situation need to travel long distances to reach Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, which is the National Centre in Ireland for a range of specialty conditions. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), located on the grounds of the hospital, supports up to 20 families every night, providing accommodation and allowing them to stay close to their child at very little cost.
Even with a place stay, families still need to eat and often miss the luxury of a home-cooked meal in this time of instability. “Cook4Families” offers volunteers the opportunity to prepare a nutritious, comforting meal for parents availing of the RMHC service and this simple act after a long and often stressful day relieves the parents of the added pressure of having to prepare a meal for themselves.
The situation in which the families of RMHC find themselves hit close to home for Steve Thompson, Performance Excellence Transformation Director. Steve shared a bit of his story with the team, “My family recently had someone stay in a hospital some distance from home. Having a place to stay made a huge difference to us. Understanding the relief that charities like RMHC provides makes you fully appreciate the impact charities and volunteers like us can have. It was great to be able to help families going through a tough time.”
For Andrew Cullen, Senior Director, Global Supply Chain, this was his first experience participating in the Global Month of Service, but it made a lasting impact, “It was a great experience. I really enjoyed spending time with colleagues from other parts of Mallinckrodt and it was good to make a contribution to the fantastic work done by RMHC in Dublin. I learned a lot about the charity itself and seeing what the parents of sick children have to deal with reminded me how lucky I am.”