On 31st March, Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants kicked off their National Charity Week and it went amazingly to say the least. All of our offices, hotels and restaurants have put in a phenomenal effort to raise awareness and much needed funds for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. We’ve seen everything, from tasty cake sales and luxury treatments, to energetic sporting conquests and just the downright silly.
Great Ormond Street aims to provide world-class training, care, research and treatment to each of the 220,000+ children that visit the hospital each year. Donations allow the hospital to fund research, buy equipment and provide other facilities that are otherwise unaffordable. This gives the patients the best possible chance of recovery.
So where does Whitbread fit in? Great Ormond Street is a charity close to everyone’s heart, and in May 2012 it was voted by our teams to be Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants’ charity partner. During this partnership, we have pledged to raise £7.5 million to fund a new Premier Inn clinical building, set to open in 2017, providing the hospital with much needed in-patient wards and more operating theatres.
Here’s a quick round up of some of the activities that took place in our sites across the country during National Charity Week.
The activities begun with an ‘Overflow Marathon’, which raised over £200 and saw a team of five runner jog back and forth from our Support Centre office to the overflow car park until they’d completed a marathon. They figured out that it takes 43 laps to get to a marathon.
There was bag packing at a local supermarket, where a fantastic team effort of 35 people managed to raise over £1500. Others got their hands dirty and washed cars or took to the kitchens to host ‘Bake Offs’.
Loads of teams travelled to Luton, some from as far as Scotland, for a charity football tournament, where over 100 teams competed for the trophy. The Coventry Taybarns lads were crowned as the overall winners after a tense final and the event raised over a whopping £6000.
Premier Inn Exeter Central had a surprise visit from David Cameron, who popped in for a coffee and was really impressed with the teams fundraising efforts, giving a donation himself.
There were loads of other activities including nail painting and henna, personal shopping, quizzes and raffles, cake sales and pyjama days going on all over the country.
Costa also jumped in on the National Charity Week fun and hosted a plant sale to raise funds for the Costa Foundation, which helps coffee growing communities all over the world.
Well done and thank you to everyone involved, either in organising activities, taking part, donating or raising awareness for GOSH.