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£30 million for charity by 2021

Through our brilliant team members up and down the country, we have a great opportunity to make lives better through fundraising for charitable causes. Furthermore, our ability to engage with customers who visit our hotels and restaurants every month provide a fantastic vehicle through which to spread messages about the charities we are working with.

We are tremendously proud to support our national charity partner, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. 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 children in the UK.

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 2012, we’ve raised over £12 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
Raise & Match - Match Funding Scheme

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 this we have two charity schemes in place, Give & Match (Payroll Giving) and Raise & Match.

GIVE & MATCH - Payroll Giving Scheme

In 2017/18, Whitbread team members donated £273,630 to charities through Give and Match, with the company contributing a further £13,447 in match funding. Whitbread also paid £12,863 in Administration Fees for the scheme, ensuring our team members’ donations reached their chosen charities in full.

RAISE & MATCH - Match Funding Scheme

If they have worked for Whitbread for more than 6 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 Whitbread financial year. 

In 2017/18, Whitbread team members raised £119,619 for charities they personally support and received match funding of £50,335.  Over 70 charities benefitted from these funds.