Premier Inn team members celebrated raising £4 million for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity with a special party for the hospital’s patients and their families on Saturday 28 February.
The fun-packed Pirates & Princesses party at the London St Pancras hotel was also attended by celebrity guests Fay Ripley, Christopher Biggins and Matt Johnson, who joined in the activities.
Team members across Premier Inn selected Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity as its charity partner in a staff vote in May 2012. Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants, which runs Premier Inn, 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.
Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, treating children from across the UK, often for rare and complex conditions.
Rachael Willis Fleming, Head of Account Management at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Premier Inn for their hard work and dedication in raising an incredible £4 million.
“Since our partnership began we have been really moved by the enthusiasm of the company’s employees and their desire to get involved. The money they have raised will help us make a real difference for children and families from across the UK.”
John English Head of Charity Partnerships at Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants said:
"On behalf of Whitbread I want to thank all of the team members who have worked so creatively and so hard to enable us to hit the £4m landmark. I've seen at first hand the activities the team members have arranged and managed and each one has been truly amazing.
"I'd also like to thank our customers who have been so supportive and generous with their own contributions. They have all made a difference.
"We've now passed the halfway stage of reaching our target of £7.5m to help build the Premier Inn Clinical Building at Great Ormond Street Hospital and we're now looking forward to reaching the final total.
"Today's party is a celebration not only of reaching such a significant financial milestone but it also gives us an opportunity to celebrate with the people that matter most, the hospital’s young patients and their families."
The Premier Inn Clinical Building will form part of the new Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, replacing outdated wards in some of the hospital’s oldest buildings and providing more privacy and comfort for families, including space for a parent to sleep by their child’s bedside.
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About Premier Inn
Award-winning Premier Inn is the UK’s best value hotel brand with over 690 hotels and more than 58,000 rooms across the UK and Ireland. Premier Inn bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, TV with Freeview, and free WiFi Internet access. All Premier Inns feature a bar and restaurant, situated inside the hotel or adjacent, offering a wide range of food choices. Premier Inn supports Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Whitbread PLC is the owner of the UK’s favourite hotel chain, Premier Inn and the UK’s favourite coffee shop, Costa, as well as restaurant brands, Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Taybarns.
Whitbread PLC employs 45,000 people in over 2,000* outlets across the UK, with its well-loved brands making every day experiences special for over 24 million UK customers every month.
Whitbread has outlined growth milestones for 2016 and 2018. The 2018 milestones are to increase the number of Premier Inn UK rooms to around 75,000 and to achieve global system sales of around £2bn for Costa.
At Whitbread we are committed to being a force for good in the communities in which we operate. Our CR programme, 'Good Together' is focused on three pillars of Team & Communities, Customer Wellbeing and Energy & Environment.
In the year ended 27th February 2014, Whitbread PLC reported a 13.0% increase in Group Revenue to £2,294.3 million and Underlying Profit before tax of £411.8 million up 16.5%.
Whitbread PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100. It is also a member of the FTSE4Good Index.
*excludes Costa Franchise stores and Costa Express
About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions, from across the country and abroad.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity needs to raise vital funds to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit www.gosh.org
About the Premier Inn Clinical Building
Due to be completed in 2017, the Premier Inn Clinical Building will complete the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, named in recognition of the generous support of Aditya and Megha Mittal and family.
The completion of the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre will see hospital’s vision to provide modern facilities for all our acute inpatients become a reality, where a parent or carer can stay comfortably by their bedside. It will also enable us to keep up with the growing demand for our services and provide world class care to more children.