McDonald’s Franchisee Receives National Award For Outstanding Contribution To Charity

Carl Room, the franchise owner of four McDonald’s restaurants, has been presented with an award for his contribution to Ronald McDonald House Charities – an independent charity which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to parents whose children are being treated in hospital. A McDonald’s franchisee since 2002, Carl is the first person to be given such an award and it was presented to him at the Charity’s annual gala dinner in London on Thursday 22nd March.

Unaware that he had been nominated by the Charity for the newly created Special Recognition Award, which celebrates an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Charity, Carl said: “I was overwhelmed but absolutely delighted to have been recognised for the work I have done with Ronald McDonald House Oxford. Since becoming a McDonald’s franchisee, I have put a lot of personal time into the Charity and offered my business skills to help ensure that Ronald McDonald House Oxford runs to budget and raises enough money each year to stay open.

“As well as being the McDonald’s charity of choice, Ronald McDonald House Charities is also an organisation that resonates with me as a father of three children. When your child is ill, there is nowhere else you want to be but by their side and the accommodation offered by Ronald McDonald House Charities makes that possible."

From joining McDonald’s aged 16 as a part-time crew member, Carl developed a successful management career within the global restaurant chain and then decided to become a franchisee in 2002. Now, with four Oxfordshire restaurants in his portfolio, Carl is busier than ever but has always managed to make time for his voluntary position as Chair of Trustees for Ronald McDonald House Oxford.

Alongside these commitments, Carl is also responsible for setting and meeting the fundraising targets set for each of his restaurants. For the past two years, all four of his restaurants have been tasked with raising £5,000 each for Ronald McDonald House Oxford, bringing the annual contribution to £20,000. Carl also donates a percentage of his sales[i] to Ronald McDonald House Charities and all money donated by customers at the till points is also given to the national arm of the Charity.

Commenting on how he motivates his staff to get behind the Charity, Carl said: “Each and every person who works for me is given an introduction to Ronald McDonald House Charities at the initial training session. All of my restaurant Managers have been to visit Ronald McDonald House Oxford and many of my staff volunteer their time to go and help out at the House. Seeing firsthand how the Charity helps parents of sick children is what motivates us all to go the extra mile in fundraising for Ronald McDonald House Charities.”

[i] In 2011 Carl Room donated £3,680 from his annual sales to Ronald McDonald House Charities.