11 June 2013
Whitbread raises £1 million for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants are delighted to announce that, through the fundraising efforts of its team members and the generosity of their guests, they have raised a massive £1 million for their nominated charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC) in less than a year since announcing their partnership.
The money raised will go towards helping the hospital replace some of its oldest clinical buildings. The redevelopment will see a transformation of the hospital environment and allow the hospital to better treat more children in state-of-the-art surroundings.
Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, which comprises of the Premier Inn, Beefeater Grill, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Taybarns brands, announced Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Charity as their nominated charity in May 2012.
Since Whitbread first began fundraising for GOSHCC, hundreds of team members working for Whitbread, have carried out a number of fundraising events, such as triathlons, swim-a-thons, cycle rides and family fun days. Premier Inn guests have also contributed to the charity with generous online donations.
Great Ormond Street Hospital is in the process of redeveloping some of the oldest parts of the hospital so that families can benefit from world-class care in 21st century facilities and have more space to be together at the bedside. The £1 million that Whitbread, its guests and suppliers, have raised will support the hospital in achieving these aspirations.
Simon Ewins Business Development Director comments: “On behalf of thousands of our team members and millions of guests who have been a part of our fundraising this last year I am extremely proud to say that we have reached £1 million – a phenomenal achievement which will help some of the sickest children from all over the UK.
As we approach our one year anniversary supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity it has been hugely inspiring to have seen how hard our teams have worked to achieve this great milestone.
Be it marathon running, car washing in the snow, scaling great heights or battling the elements to abseiling down our tallest Premier Inn’s or volunteering on behalf of the business at GOSHCC events , our teams have embraced the challenge along with our guests and supporters.
Thank you to everyone.
Neal Donnelly, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said:
“We would like to thank everyone at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants for their hard work and generosity in raising an incredible £1 million for the charity. This money will be put to really good use, helping us transform the hospital and make a real difference for our young patients and their families.”
Find out more about Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity at www.gosh.org
For more information or to support Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants’ partnership with the charity, go to www.whitbread.co.uk
For further information please contact Frank PR:
020 7693 6999
Notes to Editors
About Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants
Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants (WHR) is part of Whitbread PLC and it operates market-leading businesses in the budget hotels and restaurant sectors. Premier Inn – the UK’s biggest budget hotel chain – Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Taybarns.
About Whitbread Plc
Whitbread PLC is the UK’s largest hotel and restaurant group. As well as its well-loved hotel and restaurant brands Whitbread also includes Costa Coffee. Whitbread PLC employs over 40,000 people and serves 22 million customers every month in its 2,500 outlets across the UK.
Whitbread has a long association with community and charitable support. Whitbread PLC is a FTSE 100 company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. It is also a member of the FTSE4Good Index.
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 £50 million a year 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