THE Finney family knows first-hand just how important Ronald McDonald House can be.
Perdita Finney has stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Hobart twice, after her daughters Eliza, now four, and Amalia, 11 months, were both born prematurely.
Ms Finney stayed in the house for 10 weeks after Eliza was born, and for another five following the birth of Amalia.
Eliza weighed a tiny 624grams when she was born at 26 weeks.
Amalia was born at 29 weeks and was slightly bigger than her sister at 1212grams.
Ms Finney said she was unsure what the family would have done without Ronald McDonald House.
‘‘They provide you with accommodation, which is a huge thing really, because where else would you stay for that amount of time otherwise?’’ she said.
‘‘They just make you feel at home, and they’re interested in everybody.’’
Ronald McDonald House will hold its fourth annual Ride for Sick Kids from tomorrow to raise funds for its houses in Tasmania and Victoria.
The bike ride starts in Launceston and will take place over seven days and 500kilometres.
To donate or follow the progress of the race log on to www.rideforsickkids.