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£30 million for charity by 2021

With over 50,000 team members working across our brands, Whitbread has a great opportunity to make lives better through fundraising for charitable causes. Furthermore, our ability to engage with the 27 million customers who visit our establishments every month provides a fantastic vehicle through which to spread messages about the charities we are working with.

We are tremendously proud to support two chosen charities, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and our own charity, The Costa Foundation. In the past year, our teams have done a tremendous job and our customers and suppliers have been enormously generous, raising millions of pounds that will improve the lives of disadvantaged children, both in the UK and around the world.

Our 2020 targets

  • £10m

    raised for our PIR Charity with £7.5m going to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to help build the Premier Inn Clinical Building

  • £15m

    raised for the Costa Foundation to fund 100 school projects

Did you know?

The Premier Inn Clinical Building at Great Ormond Street Hospital officially opened its doors in January 2018 having raised £7.5m

As well as supporting specific these charities, at Whitbread we know that many team members have their own charities that they are passionate about and we want to recognise and support them in their charitable giving and fundraising efforts. To do that we have two matched giving schemes, Give & Match and Raise & Match.

  • Since 2007, we’ve raised over £9.5 million for The Costa Foundation
  • The Costa Foundation has completed OVER 70 school projects with several more in the pipeline. Over the years, our classrooms have provided more than 40,000 children access to education
  • Since 2012, we’ve raised over £10 million for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
  • The Premier Inn Clinical Building at Great Ormond Street Hospital opened in January 2018
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (GOSHCC)

Back in 2012, Premier Inn & Restaurants announced its long-term charitable commitment to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity after our Premier Inn and Restaurant team members voted overwhelmingly to select the charity as the company’s main charity partner.

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is the UK’s leading centre for treating seriously ill children.  The charity needs to raise £50 million every year to help rebuild and refurbish the hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into pioneering treatments for the children suffering with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. 

In 2013, we announced a £7.5 million fundraising pledge by 2017 to support in building ‘The Premier Inn Clinical Building’, which began construction in September 2014. The fundraising milestone was reached in late 2016 and the Premier Inn Clinical Building was opened in January 2018.

The Premier Inn Clinical Building will provide much needed new in-patient wards, a new surgery centre, a respiratory centre and a specialist centre for children with severe skin conditions and infectious diseases. Wards will be more spacious enabling a parent or guardian to sleep by their child’s bedside

Team members up and down the country have got behind our ambitious target to raise £10 million by 2020 by fundraising in a variety of ways.

  • To date, we’ve raised £10 million
  • Customer donations online reached over £3 million
  • Our team members have raised over £5 million through fundraising
Costa Foundation

Many coffee growing communities are situated in remote rural areas, in some of the world’s most underdeveloped and poorest countries. Children in coffee growing communities often have limited or no access to education.

At Costa, we recognise that the farmers and co-operatives that grow coffee are an integral part of our business and success. We started the Costa Foundation back in 2006 to support the people living in these remote communities by providing the opportunity for a safe, quality education. The Costa Foundation’s ultimate vision is to eradicate poverty in coffee growing communities.  

To date, we've raised over £12 million; The Costa Foundation has completed over 72 school projects, with several more in the pipeline. Over the years, our classrooms have enabled over 60,000 children to access a safe, quality education. Our target is to raise £20 million for the Costa Foundation by 2021, and fund 100 schools by 2020.

The Foundation operates in regions across the coffee belt, including Colombia, Uganda and Vietnam. 9 different countries now benefit from a Costa Foundation school project, soon to be 10 when the Foundation’s first school opens in Zambia. These projects have provided access to education for over 60,000 children.

  • Over 550 classrooms have been provided for students and their communities
  • More than 1,000 jobs for teachers, assistants, administrators, cooks and general staff will have been facilitated
  • 44 schools have had new computer rooms
  • Boarding accommodation for 2,280 students has been provided
  • In 29 of our schools, we have been able to provide brand new libraries and fully stock them with books

Our Costa Foundation website, www.costafoundation.com, is a great place to learn more about how Costa cares about coffee and the communities who grow it, all the way from crop to cup. Here you can learn more about the Charity and read great case studies.

We have also developed a website specifically for teachers, created by teachers at www.costaforschools.com.  It has been developed to provide school teachers in UK Secondary schools with the resources they need to support the delivery of Key Stage Three Geography.  The website includes information about coffee, coffee growing communities and farming with information from Costa, Rainforest Alliance and the Costa Foundation. It offers downloadable resources, giving both teachers and students knowledge and materials to enable more young people to understand the origins of our day to day commodities and the challenge of sustainable farming.

Raise & Match and Give & Match

As well as supporting specific charities across the business, at Whitbread we know that many team members have their own charities that they are passionate about and we want to recognise and support them in their charitable giving and fundraising efforts. To do that we have a match funding scheme and a payroll giving scheme.

GIVE & MATCH - Payroll Giving Scheme

Whitbread’s ‘Give & Match’ scheme allows team members to donate from their gross salary every month to their chosen charity. This process is widely known as payroll-giving. Team members can donate to any UK charity they support and the scheme is completely voluntary and confidential.  The donation also receives tax relief at the 20%, 40% or 45% rate as applicable.

The company will then ‘double match’ each team member’s first month’s donation and pay all of their future monthly administration fees, which means the charity will receive the total donation in full every time.

In 2016/17, Whitbread team members donated £259,535 to charities through Give and Match, with the company contributing a further £8,000 in match funding. Whitbread also paid £12,502 in Administration Fees for the scheme, ensuring our team members’ donations reached their chosen charities in full.

& MATCH - Match Funding Scheme

Raise and Match is a scheme that supports team members fundraising in their own time for charities and good causes they are personally passionate about. 

If they have worked for Whitbread for more than 12 months and raise £250 or more, Whitbread will match £ for £ up to a maximum of £750 for an individual’s fundraising efforts and up to £1,500 for group fundraising efforts.  The money must go to a UK registered charity or UK non profitable organisation.   We make it very simple for our team members to apply for these funds and as long as they meet the criteria, they can apply every year within Whitbread’s financial year. 

In 2016/17, Whitbread team members raised £85,131 for charities they personally support and received match funding of £45,382.  Over 60 charities benefitted from these funds.