Quasar event aids families with children in hospital
QUASAR Swindon went all out for charity over the weekend when they welcomed families along to enjoy their mobile attractions.
Wharf Green was taken over by the laser tag game on Saturday when the company held a fun day to raise money and awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
From 10am to 4pm, groups of up to four people could chase and shoot each other with specially made laser toy weapons for up to 10 minutes at a time.
There was a Surf Simulator, where young and old alike could test out their balancing skills on a rocking surf board in an inflatable cage.
Melanie Stanbury, who worked with Quasar Swindon to set up the event, said: “It’s about raising awareness for a charity that a lot of people don’t know about, and I think from that point of viewwe have had incredible coverage and great support from retailers.
“We just want to say thanks to everybody who came out to support us.”
As well as taking turns on the inflatable attractions, visitors could buy Ronald McDonald keyrings, badges and stickers, with all proceeds going towards the charity.
Liam O’Neill, 28, who works at Quasar Swindon, was one of the main organisers of the event.
“I first became aware of Ronald McDonald House because friends of mine used their facilities for a couple of months when their baby son was being treated,” he said.
“Sadly the baby died, it was devastating and it brought to mind how I would feel as a father having to leave my child in hospital several miles away without the resource of staying close by.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to 6,000 families each year.
The support from the independent charity enables critically ill children to have their families close by for as long as they are receiving treatment, helping them to feel more comfortable and maintain a degree of normal family life.
Since 1989 Ronald McDonald House has opened up 14 homes at different hospitals around the UK. For more information about Ronald McDonald House visit www.rmhc.org.
Gamers can make the most of the summer holidays at Quasar Swindon, where they can take part in a 15 minute game for £3.50 or enjoy an unlimited number of games all day for £10 every weekday during the school holidays.
For more information visit www.quasarswindon.co.uk or call 01793 671293 or 07948891535.
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