PREMIER INN’S TOP TEAM MEMBER FUNDRAISERS JOIN GOSH PATIENTS TO HIGHLIGHT OUR PARTNERSHIP
Premier Inn team members and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC) had a fun-filled day of cheering and celebration as we promoted our partnership with a float in the Lord Mayor’s Procession in London on 8th November 2014.
The theme of our float was “dreams.” It was surrounded by clouds decorated by the young patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital, illustrating their hopes and wishes. We also had a giant TV screen on the float, showing our brilliant team members in action fundraising for the hospital.
The float was manned by 22 of our top team member fundraisers from all over the UK, with patients, families and staff from the hospital joining them as guests of honour. The day was an incredible success, and everyone had an absolutely fantastic time waving to the crowds.
The float represented many colourful and wide-ranging dreams, which included discovering a land of sweets, living in the jungle, becoming a maths teacher, training as a pilot, riding in a hot air balloon, swimming with fish in the sea, climbing in the Lake District, and becoming the next Bob Marley.
PARTNERSHIP WITH GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY
Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants has pledged to raise £7.5 million towards the Premier Inn Clinical Building, a brand new, state-of-the-art centre due to open in 2017. The much needed new facilities will provide more space, privacy and comfort for patients and families from across the UK, replacing outdated wards in some of the hospital's oldest buildings.
We have been working with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity since May 2012, following a voting process, where we asked our team members which charity they would most like to support.
THE PREMIER INN CLINICAL BUILDING
The Premier Inn Clinical Building will include a new surgery centre, a respiratory ward and a 16 bed isolation unit for children with dermatology and rheumatology conditions or infectious diseases. The new facilities will provide much needed space for a parent or carer to stay by the child’s bedside overnight, more room for children to play and eat together and areas for parents to have a break.
The new building will form the second part of the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre and will connect floor by floor with the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building, which opened in 2012. Once complete, it is anticipated that the entire hospital will be able to treat up to 20 per cent more children with the most complex, rare and often lifethreatening conditions.
“Since our partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity began I have been really moved by the enthusiasm of our team members, guests and suppliers and their desire to get involved with this fantastic cause. The money they have raised will make a real difference for children and families from across the UK and I am immensely proud to be part of this amazing fundraising partnership.” John English, Head of Charity Partnerships for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants