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Banger of an idea

20 Aug 2019 Sustainability

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Premier Inn continues it’s fundraising efforts for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

Hotel worker gives up sausage and bacon sandwiches to raise money for charity

A kind-hearted hotel worker has had a banger of an idea to help raise money for some of the UK’s most seriously ill children.

Stockport local Christina Burke, aged 33, who works for Premier Inn has given up sausage and bacon butties for a good cause.

Housekeeper Christina, who has worked for Premier Inn for over three years is raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) which supports children from all over the UK, including Stockport, who are cared for at the hospital.

Christina’s son Kylan was born with a head condition, and treated at their local hospital. Following this experience, Christina wanted to raise money for a cause that supported children and has chosen to fundraise for GOSH. The mum-of-four put forward her banger of an idea of giving up her favourite breakfast item for a month in order to help raise money for GOSH. Initially, colleagues thought it was a joke, but she was determined to prove she could do it. 

For Christina the challenge was a personal one, as it was ritual for her to have either bacon or sausage for breakfast every morning. Throughout the month, the aroma of bacon and sausage was tempting but she wanted to prove her colleagues wrong, settling for either cereal or toast instead.

Thirty-one days’ later Christina had raised £60 from the money she saved on breakfast and an amazing total of £219, including donations.

Christina said: “Since doing that challenge, I haven’t gone back to my old routine and I have a lot more energy because of it so the challenge, while tough at first has been brilliant all-round. I really want to keep raising money so I’m already cooking up my next fundraising idea”.

Premier Inn, the UK’s top-rated hotel chain*, has proudly been supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity since 2012 and pledged to raise £7.5 million towards a brand-new medical facility at the hospital. The Premier Inn Clinical Building, which opened in January 2018, provides state of the art facilities including new in-patient wards, operating theatres and a day case unit, to match the hospital’s world-class care. Most recently, Premier Inn pledged to raise a further £10 million to help fund a new Sight and Sound Centre, a specialist outpatient centre tailored to the needs of children with sight and hearing loss, which is due to open in 2020.

Managing Director Simon Ewins said: “I couldn’t be prouder of the Premier Inn team for raising such an incredible amount for GOSH and am never ceased to be blown away by the weird and wonderful ideas – such as Christine’s – which underscores the unwavering commitment to helping the cause”.

About Premier Inn Premier Inn was named the UK’s top-rated hotel chain for 2018 according to Which? With over 800 hotels and more than 76,000 rooms across the UK and Ireland, Premier Inn guests are never far from a great night’s sleep at fantastic value rates. Premier Inn hotels are in more locations than any other UK hotel brand for the ease and convenience of leisure and business travellers alike.   All Premier Inn bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, a luxurious Hypnos® bed, a choice of pillows, TV with Freeview and free Wi-Fi. A bar and restaurant is situated either on-site or next door to each hotel, offering a wide range of food and drink including a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast.

Across the estate, the average Trip Advisor score for Premier Inn hotels is 4.2. Premier Inn has been awarded the Best UK Family Hotel in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, Best UK Hotel Group in the Silver Travel Awards and the Business In The Community Environmental Leadership Award. In 2018 Premier Inn was also named the UK’s top-rated hotel chain for the fourth year in a row by Which?

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