Sick kids and families at Nedlands’ Ronald McDonald House to get respite in Busselton for free

Ronald McDonald House Perth chairperson Janiene Pollock, Spencer Gummery (4) and Dionee Gummery at the opening of the new Ronald McDonald House family retreat in Busselton. Picture: Supplied
Ronald McDonald House Perth chairperson Janiene Pollock, Spencer Gummery (4) and Dionee Gummery at the opening of the new Ronald McDonald House family retreat in Busselton. Picture: Supplied

SICK children and their families based at Ronald McDonald House in Nedlands now have the opportunity to take a break in Busselton for free.

The family retreat, located at Capeview Beach Resort, provides young ones and their families the chance to go on holiday, spend time together and grow stronger in a peaceful environment.

Ronald McDonald House Perth chief executive Peter King said he was pleased to open the doors of the new property and thanked Lotterywest for their support.

“We aim to create extraordinary experiences so that seriously ill children and their families can thrive,” he said.

“With this new family retreat, we will be able to provide our families with the special gift of a family holiday when they need it most.”

The retreat has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with access to Capeview facilities like an outdoor pool, children’s splash pool, two playgrounds, a playroom, bike hire and more.

Spencer Gummery (4) cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony; he stayed at Ronald McDonald House with his family while undergoing intense treatment for anaplastic ependymoma, a high-grade brain tumour.

“Ronald McDonald House has given us the opportunity to meet other families who are in a similar situation and form a support network,” mum Dionee Gummery said.

“They gave us a place to call home when we needed it most.”

The Busselton family retreat is the second in WA; in 2017, the Bunbury retreat provided 45 families with 286 nights of holiday accommodation.

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