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McDonalds takes it to the Macs for charity

By Nigel Gould

Big-hearted Ulster people have dug deep to raise Christmas cash for charity.

The McDonalds restaurant initiative has raised thousands of pounds for the chain's charity, Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC).

The restaurants have been encouraging customers to raise cash and buy the RMHC charity Christmas cards.

And the restaurant in Donegall Place has not only sold the highest number of cards in Northern Ireland, but is one of the top five restaurants across the UK!

Paul Conan, franchisee of the restaurant in Donegall Place commented: " We have sold over 2,225 cards and raised over £1,500 in this restaurant alone since the launch of the cards in October and the staff really have to take credit for getting behind this initiative and supporting the sale of the cards.

"Over the years, customers at McDonald's restaurants here in Northern Ireland have proved themselves to be exceptionally generous and this Christmas we are really delighted with the money raised. And with a few packets still available customers can still get their hands on some of the cards, which cost £1 for a packet of five. While the fundraising activities have a great fun element attached to them they fulfil a very serious purpose, " said Paul.

The money raised from this fundraising initiative will help RMHC develop more free 'home away from home' accommodation for the families of sick children needing hospital or hospice care. So far RMHC in Northern Ireland has funded family room accommodation at Musgrave Park Hospital, and at the NI Children's Hospice, representing a total investment of over £850,000.


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