hotelshopUK, the Droitwich based hotel accommodation and leisure provider set up by Viv Hudson-Findlay in 1999 celebrates its 15th anniversary next year and its staff have accepted a challenge to raise £15,000 for charity.
Staff were invited to nominated a favourite charity they had a special connection with and the selection was made after a vote.
The chosen charities are:
National/International Charity – The Ruimveldt Childrens Aid Centre
Nominated by Claire Murray, Corporate Accounts Manager for the following reason:
It is a charity that my mother set up in Guyana, her home country at her old family home. In 1991 my mother and a friend from Canada set up the charity to help disadvantaged children in the local area. They rely totally on volunteers and local businesses from Guyana for donations. I myself went out there several years ago and spent some time helping out. Until 2003 (when age got the better of her, she is 82) my mother would spend 6 months of the year running the centre.
The centre is in desperate need of help to help feed and entertain the children (about 60 between the ages of 4 - 16). Our main aim is to build a basketball court for them – but they also need a new kitchen, trampoline and tree house.
Local Charity – The Little Princess Trust
Nominated by Bev Philpotts, Agency Sales Manager for the following reason:
My eldest daughter Ellie was diagnosed with cancer when she was just 15 (she is 17 now and made a full recovery). This is a local based (Hereford) charity called The Little Princess Trust - they aim to supply young children, both boys and girls with real hair wigs - (these can be styled into shape to resemble their own cut more easily than synthetic). It is such an upsetting and worrying time after chemo therapy anyway, and then when your hair starts to come out too, (often very quickly when treatment starts) and can often feel like the final straw for young people who may still want to go into school when possible. Having a wig that is then styled for you is a real boost. They are based in Hereford and rely on charity donations to keep them going.
Already staff are pledging to grow their hair (hair for wigs needs to be at least 7 inches long) and we are planning a giant 'cut off' later in the year.
The fundraising activity kicked off this month with a Festive 'Friday Fridge' when staff wore Christmas onesies, jumpers and T shirts.
We have split the staff into two teams led by Rob Veale, Customer Services Director and Diana Evans, Sales and Marketing Director... with an internal competition between the two teams as to who can raise most money.
We would love you to get involved – Keep checking back to see the list of events we are planning and how to donate.