People in hospitality jobs at Premier Inn recently attended a kids’ Pirates and Princesses party, alongside several celebrities, to mark a fundraising milestone.
Premier Inn Staff staff were asked in 2012 to pick a charity partner for the hotel brand – and voted for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
The party for patients at the hospital and patients’ families was held on February 28th at a London hotel, and marked the chain raising £4 million for the charity.
Premier Inn owner, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants, wants to bring in £7.5 million for a centre called the Premier Inn Clinical Building, which will open during 2017.
This building is set to be an aspect of the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre at the well-known children’s hospital.
The recent Pirates and Princesses party saw Fay Ripley, Matt Johnson and Christopher Biggins in attendance.
‘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,’ said Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants head of charity partnerships, John English. He also gave his thanks to customers for their donations.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity head of account management, Rachel Willis Fleming, said that since its partnership with Premier Inn started, the charity has been much moved by the desire for involvement and enthusiasm shown by the hotel chain’s employees.
There are more than 690 Premier Inn hotels in the UK and Ireland alone, representing over 58,000 guest rooms.
Perhaps other hotel owners will be inspired by this news and want to create their own charity team-ups. You could select some local charities to work with or, like Premier Inn, get the people in hotel jobs with you to choose a charity?