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FoundationHighlights Creating Brighter Futures for Young People Registered Charity No. 1084220 (England and Wales) 038995 (Scotland)

Edition 50 - January 2013

Gala evening in Amsterdam After a very successful first gala in 2011, Hilton Amsterdam and HCF hosted the second annual gala in support of Stichting Papageno on 15th December. The evening saw around 200 guests enjoying an elegant evening in the hotel with a sumptuous dinner and fantastic entertainment.

The evening’s entertainment included a children’s choir from the Academy of Vocal Arts directed by Silvere von Lieshout, standup comedian Peter Pannekoe, a much applauded duo piano performance by 16- and 19-year

old Luke and Arthur Jussen, and a beautiful performance by blind and autistic pianist Derek Paravicini.

With a live auction conducted by Jop Ubbens, chairman of Christie’s Amsterdam, the evening raised an incredible €200,000 (net). An amazing effort by Roberto Payer and his team which tops last year. Stichting Papageno supports children with autism using specially developed music programs and therapies. Over the years, that support has taken shape in a number of projects, such as ‘Music

HCF is generously supported by:

Therapy’ and ‘Music Makers,’ for which professional music therapists and musicians, who receive training from Papageno, make music with autistic children (pictured above). In addition, the arts education project ‘Meet’ allows artists from various disciplines to develop, rehearse and perform musical theatre productions with an orchestra comprised of children with autism.

Photo: HCF grantee - Stichting Papageno View more photos from the Papageno Gala on the HCF Facebook page.

A legendary night in Dublin

If you were lucky enough to be at Conrad Dublin on 2nd November, it didn’t matter if you were a sports enthusiasts or not – both were in for a treat during the hotel’s annual Ball, this year titled ‘An Evening with Bill O’Herlihy and Sporting Legends.’

legend Bill O’Herlihy took to the stage to regale the audience with a collection of stories and anecdotes about a career in sports broadcasting spanning nearly five decades. Sporting legends from past and present were very much out if force, as John Treacy, Mick Dowling, Mark Rohane, Christy O’Connor Jnr, Alan Quinlan, and Johnny Giles also took to the stage.

After a champagne and jazz reception, guests were treated to a sumptuous four-course meal. The first part of the evening’s entertainment was provided by the fabulous Janet Jayes who sang sensational soul classics before the sports element of the evening began.

As well as hosting one of the highlights of Dublin’s sport calendar, Conrad Dublin also raised a fantastic €14,000 for HCF and DEBRA Ireland.

Hosted by Claire McNamara from RTE Sports, broadcasting

A long-standing charity of the Dublin cluster, DEBRA Ireland

supports patients and families suffering from EB, a rare disorder which causes the skin to break and blister at the slightest touch. Currently there is no cure for EB. DEBRA supports patients in managing EB in day-to-day life, and, thanks in part to a grant from HCF, DEBRA Ireland have recruited a nurse who will be trained specially in providing at-home care for EB patients. A huge thank you to Marcus Mangan, Yvonne Brady, and all at Conrad Dublin, Hilton Dublin and Hilton Dublin Airport for hosting such a fantastic event.

Orly helps local orphanage

Through HCF, Hilton Paris Orly Airport supported the Fondation d’Auteuil in 2012. Originally dedicated to supporting orphans, the Foundation houses girls and boys between 6 and 18 years of age. It has evolved more broadly to help young people facing social distress, focuses on child protection and tries to provide young people with a good education. At the beginning of last year, Christophe Charolles, Hotel Manager, Stephanie Tournardre, HR Manager, and Dominique Lorent, Community Champion, invited 12 young people from the orphanage to the hotel to spend the afternoon. They visited the hotel and participated in a cooking lesson with Executive Chef Fabrice Pedini preparing their own delicious “tarte aux pommes”. They also received chocolates and candies.

students shadowed and worked together with Team Members at the Front Office, from the Business Centre and the Food & Beverage team. In September and October, the hotel organised two furniture clearance sales for Team Members. The sales collected more than €1,000 that the hotel awarded to Fondation d’Auteuil. The money raised will be used to refurbish and to purchase new technology for one of the orphanage’s classrooms. The hotel also collected additional furniture, books, book bags and school supplies that the Blue

Fondation d’Auteuil also operates an apprentice programme in hospitality, so the hotel hosted local high school pupils for a one day full-immersion in June. The

Energy Committee handed over to the Foundation in November. The hotel finished 2012 by visiting the Foundation and meeting Nathalie Le Guenec, Headmaster of the local high school at the Foundation’s headquarters. The hotel is now looking forward to having a new year full of initiatives and creativity in 2013. The hotel hopes to maybe recruit some young people from the Foundation for internships at the hotel as well as building collaboration by inviting students for training courses and having some heads of departments participating to serve on jurys for student exams.

Helping young people with hemiplegia Hemiplegia is a form of cerebral palsy, which affects one side of the body and in addition to hampering movement can cause discomfort, fatigue and requires regular medical reviews. Hilton in the Community Foundation awarded Hemihelp £5,250 in 2012. The charity offers a range of practical support to children and young people, for example compiling health records for school teachers, supporting parents and siblings and providing emotional support. Ollie’s story Three-year old Ollie’s parents became aware of their son’s hemiplegia gradually during his infancy as he wasn’t using his affected arm. It is often difficult to predict whether the effects of hemiplegia will be mild or severe later in life, and Ollie’s parents found this uncertainty very hard to accept. “Without any idea what we were dealing with we tended to flip between negative (e.g. ‘Ollie is not going to be able to walk’ or ‘his disability will make it difficult for him to get a job’) and more positive thoughts (e.g. ‘Ollie’s hemplegia won’t impact him too much’). “This emotional rollercoaster was pretty gruelling and tough”, they explain. When Ollie’s parents found out about HCF’s charity partner HemiHelp, they read all sorts of information about hemiplegia and other parents’ experiences on their website. They also attended an annual ‘Fun Day’ where “we met lots of parents who were in the same situation. This made us feel more empowered and reassured us that there was a support network available if we need it.” HemiHelp also provided a home visit with Ollie’s parents soon after their child’s diagnosis. Ollie’s mum explains: “the home visitor gave us more information about the professionals who are able to support Ollie, as well as emotional support.” “Two and a half years since diagnosis and Ollie wears a splint; he takes a bit longer to do certain things than his peers, for example he cannot run quite as fast as some of the other kids. However, all children are different, they each have strengths and weaknesses and in many ways Ollie is just another three-year old.”

Grants in action 2012 has seen HCF award 465 grants to 352 different charities which work hard to support disadvantaged youth in our communities. This is thanks to your magnificent help and unfailing support throughout the year. With a number of year-end figures to be finalised we look forward to announcing the totals in a future edition. Our next UK grant funding round closes on 12th February, so if you know of a registered UK charity that fits our criteria, please ask them to visit our website for application details.

Supporting Panathlon

The team at Hilton London Stansted Airport organised a cheery Christmas lunch for twenty students from Southview Special School in Witham. The students performed a dance programme as part of their Step In to Dance project.

What a year for Hilton London Stansted Airport as they continued to work with their charity partner, The Panathlon Challenge. As well as hosting the charity’s office within the hotel, the staff at Hilton London Stansted volunteer at many Panathlon sporting events throughout the year, supporting over 3,000 disabled young people as they compete in a range of sports competitions.

also switched on the Christmas lights at the hotel and sang carols. The students also got to meet Santa over a special Christmas lunch.

In December twenty students from Southview Special School in Witham (pictured below) came to Hilton London Stansted and performed a fantastic dance programme as part of their Step In to Dance project. The students

Ashley Iceton, founder and CEO of the Panathlon Challenge said:

Later in December, a team of six from the hotel took part in a sporting competition with other local businesses to celebrate Stansted’s support of the Panathlon Challenge during 2012.

“Huge thanks once again to Hilton London Stansted Airport for all their support during 2012. Hundreds

of local disabled children have benefited from your kind support throughout the year.” The Panathlon Challenge creates sporting opportunities for young disabled people by providing coaching funds, specialist equipment and multi-sport competitions for young disabled people all over the country. Thanks to the charity’s partnership with Hilton London Stansted Airport, an amazing £12,575 has been granted by HCF to this charity in 2012 alone. Well done to the team at the hotel for such dedication and hard work.

Christmas time in Athens Hilton Athens had a busy December and organised numerous fantastic community initiatives ahead of Christmas. The Human Resources department encouraged all colleagues, friends and relatives to bring at least one toy or piece of children’s clothing in order to donate them to Kivotos tou Kosmou (Ark of the World). The organisation supports children that have been experiencing abandonment, racism and social exclusion on a daily basis. It was founded in 1998 by Priest Antonios Papanikolaou, who was 26 years old at the time, with a vision to constitute a point of care, support and hope for a prosperous future. The Ark is today supporting around 200 children (infants to eighteen-years olds) in a multi-religious and multicultural community. In just one week, Team Members managed to gather around 100 bags of toys and clothes. In order to support the local community, the Business Development team ran a campaign from 1st December until 14th December to collect food and sanitary items for Anassa Zois (Breath of Life), a non-profit volunteer organisation. Anassa Zois was founded in 2007 and since then it has been active in supporting the socially vulnerable groups of Korydallos, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Athens. Anassa Zois is also working closely with the social services of Korydallos prison, providing scientific and psychosocial support to about 400 families in poverty. During the short period of the campaign, the team managed to collect around 350 food and sanitary items which brought joy to a lot of families during this special time of year. On 15th December, Hilton Athens offered a meeting room, music and soft drinks on complimentary basis to the Hellenic Police Association for their annual Christmas kids party. Around 200 people came to the event and had lots of fun. Santa’s ladies offered up gifts and made the event an unforgettable Christmas experience for the children. On 17th December, the hotel participated in another great volunteer activity. To further support their local charity partner for the year Hamogelo tou Paidiou (Smile of the Child), a group of Team Members visited the storage houses, where the organisation gathers all food supplies and items donated by companies, schools and individuals. For four hours, Team Members separated and packaged items, and managed to pack one tone of goods. As an additional effort to spread the spirit of warmth and to provide some moments of joy to children in need, the Kitchen and Blue Energy teams welcomed 17 children from Christodoulio Orphanage to the hotel on 19th December. The children learned to bake Christmas cookies. Tina Toribaba, Communications Manager-Business Development and Community Champion, said:

“It was a wonderful experience for the kids and for all of us as well. We had a lot of fun while making the Christmas cookies together with these amazing children. Many smiles, many happy faces!”

Ivan the wonderdog HCF grantee Dogs for the Disabled looks back on a successful year in 2012. Early on in the year, they partnered their 100th children’s assistance dog team. The children’s services began in 2004, when the idea of partnering a dog with a child was relatively unheard of in the UK and there was no other organisation offering this kind of service. Thanks to the proceeds from the Foundation Ball at Hilton London on Park Lane in 2011, Dogs for the Disabled have been able to create 16 new assistance dog partnerships, as well as purchase over 60 puppies. The dogs provide practical assistance that can offer freedom and independence. Ivan the Wonderdog Written by Sarah whose son has autism and who has been partnered with assistance dog Ivan, aka Wonderdog. “Today was the first day of the new term and also the day that our son started his new (specialist) school. Change is (if you don’t know anyone with autism) generally not a good thing. We had prepared by trying on uniform, going to visit the bus depot and looking over every inch of our school bus, revisiting the photo booklet from school with info on everything from teachers to lunchtime routine. But even so, I was still very apprehensive. So this is how the morning went... Our son woke up and I brought Wonderdog (for this is now how we refer to him) up to his room. Wonderdog sat with Mike* on his bed and lay patiently to be hugged and squeezed and leaned on - this seemed to discharge some anxiety. He sat down across Mike’s legs to provide pressure (also calming) and then helped us as we got dressed (“helped” by picking up stray shoes - he likes to carry shoes). From this point the routine flowed smoothly and Mike went down for his breakfast and ate a proper meal - on a bad morning he is too anxious to eat properly, his blood sugar is low and he starts to get panicky as we get in the car. Wonderdog stayed close throughout Mike putting his coat on and checking what is in his lunchbox and school bag with Daddy. Then we put on Wonderdog’s harness and walked from our front door up the drive to the special bus which will be Mike’s daily transport. Wonderdog got on the bus and walked Mike to his seat (to the great interest of fellow travellers) and then we said goodbye and got off the bus. As the bus was about to pull away, our brave big boy shouted “See you later, Ivan!” and beamed and waved at us. It’s not just the school routine that has changed since the introduction of Wonderdog. A trip to the shops and restaurants has also become so much less fraught for the whole family.” *Name was changed for protection

‘Tokyo Calling’ for winner Pictured left (from left to right): Amiko Kirihara, Andrew Colville of Debra, Lisa Bright from Regus and Melody Ma with the Tokyo Calling ticket entries. Akiko and Melody of Hilton London Metropole kindly attended the Draw dressing in traditional Japanese outfits.

On 4th December, representatives from Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Regus, HCF, Debra and Macmillan converged at the Minako Restaurant on the 23rd floor of the Hilton London Metropole for the draw of the latest Foundation’s national raffle, dubbed ‘Tokyo Calling’. The raffle saw more than 200 hotels and Regus centres taking part, selling tickets to friends, family and clients. The lucky winner of a return trip for two to Tokyo with flights from British Airways, staying at the Hilton Tokyo Bay, which kindly donated a prize, was from one of Regus Stockley Park’s clients. The event looks to have raised approximately £12,000 which

will be shared between Debra, Macmillan and HCF for its education and health work with disadvantaged young people. Celia Donne, Global Operations Director at Regus attended the draw and said:

“For many years Regus has supported the tremendous work of these wonderful charities, like Hilton in the Community Foundation; from sponsored group events such as the London Triathlon, to individual local events. Our team members across 151 Regus UK business centres have helped to raise thousands

of pounds. We are delighted to have done so once again and simply couldn’t do it without the support of our committed staff.” Andrew Colville, Events Fundraiser from Debra said:

“This is a wonderful partnership between two large businesses seeking to support good causes. The Raffle is well run and it is fantastic that Debra will once again benefit from such a collective effort. Thank you to everybody who took part.”

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Goodwill elves in Leeds On Tuesday 11 December, Santa dropped by the Candellighters clinic in Leeds, accompanied by some of the team from Hilton Leeds City with a cheque for ÂŁ240.17. These funds were raised as part of Around the World in a Day, and the team (complete with Santa hats) were very happy to join Santa as he visited 50 children who are receiving cancer treatments over the Christmas period. Some children were so excited to see Santa and the chocolate he brought with him, they kept coming back for seconds. Candlelighters is a Leeds-based charity which offers vital services and support for children with cancer and their families. As well as offering practical support, specially trained staff and specialist equipment, it also conducts and funds research into childhood cancers.

Pictured above (left to right): Jackie Ramsden, Deputy Head Housekeeper; Katy Bradley, Groups, Conference & Events Coordinator, Hannah Jones, Reception; Janet McAteer, Community Champion and PA to the GM; Steven Hall, General Manager; Grant Sloane, Livingwell; Emily Mansfield, HR Officer; and Santa (aka Bobby Desaxe, Housekeeping).

A local beauty clinic, Venus, also held a fundraiser in aid of HCF on 22 September. Linked to Serenity, the inhouse beauty spa of Hilton Leeds City, Venus held a raffle which raised ÂŁ184 thanks to some great prizes including complimentary beauty treatments and a spa break for two at Hilton Leeds City. Pictured on right: The festive group is joined by Ruby (bottom right), a little girl who when she saw Santa with chocolates was so very excited that she wanted seconds.

Get involved If you are an eBay user then Missionfish is a great way of raising some extra funds. When you enlist your item for selling, there is an option to donate a percentage of your sale. You can select between 10% - 100% of the sale price to go to charity and there are hundreds of charities, including Hilton in the Community Foundation, to choose from. Just send the Foundation office an e-mail on when you put an item on Missionfish so we know to allocate the donation to you. Thanks for your support.

Updates from around the region

On 6th December, Hilton Bremen celebrated the traditional Swedish St. Lucia festival by hosting a client event. The hotel sold 120 sets of the Foundation’s festive Christmas ducks. With all money collected in 2012 from raffles at staff parties, lost & found bazaars and other activities, the hotel handed over a cheque for €3,520 to local charity partner Stiftung Martinshof, which supports the educational development of young people with disabilities. General Manager Bernhard Zündel (right) is pictured with Stiftung’s chairman Wilfried Hautop (left), and Lucia singers in front of the hotel’s Christmas tree.

Hilton Amsterdam and Hilton Amsterdam Schiphol Airport welcomed almost 70 children and their parents to celebrate Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas is a Dutch tradition and can be compared with Santa Claus. The children were dancing and singing to the Sinterklaas songs, enjoying Dutch ‘pepernoten’ and, of course, receiving fun presents and lots of goodies and candy. The hotels said that it was a fantastic day for the children and their parents!

Guests at Hilton Templepatrick were dazzled by the confectionary genius of Chef de Partie Chotiga Dityrch. She designed and created a gingerbread house which was the talk of the hotel, complete with personalised figures of Team Members. Christmas was certainly a little more special with this delicious treat around!

A very special tree in Nuremberg From the end of November to mid-December, Hilton Nuremberg placed a special tree in the hotel’s lobby. The tree supported children from aufgefangen e.V., an organisation which supports emergency health services for children. The tree was decorated with beautiful baubles, stars and lights, but also cards on which children could write a wish for a Christmas present. Guests and Team Members, who wanted to fulfil a child’s wish could take a card off the tree and buy the present. Team Members also collect clothes and toys for local children. With everyone’s support the hotel made a small but certainly very appreciated contribution to the foster home at Christmas. The hotel’s has entitiled its newest initiative for 2013 Read for Charity, which asks Team Members to donate old books and magazine or to buy the donated items for whichever amount they choose. The hotel aims to collect €150.

Santa Claus brings presents Hilton Zurich Airport donated Santa Claus gift bags to children of two local kindergartens on St. Nicholas Day on 6th December. Team Member Christoph from the hotel’s restaurant dressed up as Santa Claus. The children were very happy to receive the special gifts, said General Manager, Michael Reinhardt.

Festive cheer and creativity in Innsbruck

Apprentice Sabrina Starevic made a fantastic gingerbread house in her free time to donate to Hilton Innsbruck and to help the Front Office team sell the Foundation’s festive Christmas ‘Ducks for Change’ in December. Guests and the Reception team loved and appreciated Sabrin’s creativity and skill.

Team Members donated €573.40 to Volkshilfe Tirol from fundraising activities they had planned for the Foundation in 2012. Volkshilfe Tirol has programmes to support a variety of local children’s creches and focuses on helping socially disadvantaged children and young people.

Collections in Italy Hilton Milan was excited to receive photos from the orphanage Martinitt (left), which the hotel supported as part of Hilton Worldwide’s Global Week of Service in November, when Team Members collected books and pillows for the orphanage. Team Members also participated in a recent initiative by raising funds selling “Stella” limited edition bracelets by Italian company “Cruciani C.” The needlepoint bracelets are inspired by the Christmas star. Bracelets were sold for €10 each and part of the proceeds benefited AIL (Associazione Italiana contro le leucemie-linfomi e mieloma), the Italian Association against Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma. The hotel sold 60 bracelets and collected €600. The hotel’s creativity didn’t stop there. For 2013, the Blue Energy Committee is selling calendars to Team Members. Proceeds from the calendar’s sales will go to a local foundation.

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A very close shave Richard Elvins from Hilton Birmingham Metropole showed he was braver than most on 5th December. He works in the hotel’s Front Office and had been participating in Movember to raise money for men’s health charities. Never one to do things by halves he decided to carry on the good work and raise money for HCF – by getting his moustache waxed off! Supported by colleagues including Blue Energy Committee member Gemma Scott, Richard went under wax strip and after 20 (painful) minutes raised a fantastic £200 in the process. Many thanks to Richard and all at the Birmingham Met for sharing this unique fundraiser!

Hilton Coylumbridge support local youth groups

In November, Hilton Coylumbridge’s Community Champion Catherine Harris, PA to the GM, and Assistant Front Office Manager Indra Peterson handed over a cheque to their charity partner, Aviemore Scouts, Cubs and Beavers. They raised £696.90 earlier this year through their ‘Miles 4 Fun’ event, which was held as part of Around the World in a Day. Hilton Coylumbridge also participated in Hilton Worldwide’s Global Week of Service in November by inviting a local youth group to the hotel. Youth club members and Hilton staff all had a ball by enjoying a games arcade, crazy golf, table tennis, Wii and pool.

Hilton Sofia’s snowy and joyful Christmas Christmas is a time of hope and miracles. Hilton Sofia organised a very special event that made 24 kids very happy. In collaboration with their community partner The Cedar Foundation, Team Members visited Kyustendil and some even dressed up as Santa Claus, Snow White and three dwarfs. Santa gave a specially chosen present to each child. The children in turn prepared a special Christmas fairy tale puppet theatre for their guests. Gergana Lazarova, Community Champion and PR & Marketing Executive and PA to the GM, said:

“The children were so happy. All our hearts melted from their hugs and kisses. I can hardly explain the emotion of joy and happiness we all felt during the day!”

Hilton Watford brings festive cheer to local children On 2nd December, Hilton Watford donated the use of the New Hartford Suite and held a Christmas party for children of the Starfish and Safari Wards at Watford General Hospital. Around 200 children attended the party with their families, and it has become a much-loved annual fixture in the hospital’s calendar. Volunteers served up party food and painted faces, and special guests Scooby Doo and Tigger also found time to stop by and added to the fun. Hilton Watford has developed a relationship with the Starfish and Safari Wards over a number of years. The wards offer care for overnight and day patients respectively, and the hotel’s party offers a welcome break for the children who are spending the festive period in the hospital. The Hilton Watford team also held a Christmas Party on 19th December for the children at Colnbrook School. Another long-standing charity partner of Hilton Watford’s, Colnbrook caters to children with special educational needs and has been the beneficiary of grants worth over £20,000.

Many thanks go to the Livingwell team at Hilton Strathclyde who held a Team Members’ Ball on 17th November. They raised £550 for HCF, and after we saw the pictures, we sure wished we could have been there.

Hilton Family Fest in Dusseldorf Hilton Family Fest was held on 3rd October at Hilton Dusseldorf. The event with approximately 600 guests included local people, neighbours and families, Team Members, and some kindergarten children with their parents from the hotel’s charity partner Kindertagesstaette Zaunkoenigweg. There was a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids, live rock band “ChiChiKowsky” and well-known traditional carnival band “AltSchuss” entertained guests, who also enjoyed an alt-beer booth, BBQ, hot dog stand and a cake booth with homemade cakes made by Team Members. The front- and back-of-house tours and tombola were a great success.

Hilton Dusseldorf was proud to welcome the city’s mayor Dr. Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (left) who together with General Manager Dagmar Mühle (right) participated in the roofing ceremony for the hotel’s gingerbread house, which was displayed in the lobby for Christmas.

Hotel’s support is wide-ranging Hilton Garden Inn Krakow has been busy over the last few month supporting the local community and a variety of goodwill causes. The hotel was involved in hosting the charity’s biggest auction for Stowarzyszenie Wielkie Serce (Big Heart Association), which raised 440 000 PLN (over £85,000). The charity supports children with special educational needs. The hotel also contributes to the charity twice per year during Easter and Christmas. The hotel contributed an additional 5,000 PLN to Stowarzyszenie TAK Krakow and Red Star Media charity concert on 17th December, which raised funds for Medecins de Lespoir (Doctors of Hope), which provides medical treatment for homeless young people and those in need in Krakow. You can see pictures by clicking here. For the second time, the hotel organised a charity auction (pictured to left) with Fundacja Miedzy Niebem a Ziemia (Foundation Between Heaven and Earth), which raised 84 000 PLN (over £16,500) to support seriously ill children and their carers. You can see more pictures from the auction by clicking here. In addition, since August, the hotel has supported Stowarzyszenie Wiosna (The Spring Foundation) on a monthly basis by contributing 1PLN for every cup of coffee sold. Through November 2012 the hotel had already raised a fantastic 3,223 PLN (more than £600).

Service course for orphans On 15th October, Hilton Basel coordinated a service training course for young people and their carers from Waisenhaus Basel, a local orphanage. Team Member Anke, the resident expert in service, welcomed visitors and gave a very engaging 90-minute professional development presentation. The training was a complete success and the young people benefited greatly from the knowledge they gained on the day.

Ducks for Change Participating hotels all across Europe sold sets of three festive Christmasthemed rubber ducks to Guests in December. Proceeds from the Foundation’s Ducks for Change support local charity partners nominted by the hotels that sell them and further the Foundation’s work to create brighter futures for young people in the areas of education and health. A Christmas duck peeks out of decorations in the festivally decorated lobby at Hilton Blackpool (right).

Hilton Puckrup Hall recently handed over two cheques from fundraising done for Around the World in a Day. The Extreme Explorer Scout Group (left picture), a local scout group, and Forest Pulse (right picture), an organisation that provides activities for disabled children and their families, were both extremly glad to receive support from Tim Bowler, GM, and Michelle Preece, Community Champion and Front Office Manager.

Mince Pie Project raises cash for Galvin’s Chance Mince pies helped raise nearly £30,000 in support of the Foundation’s into-work programme for young people, Galvin’s Chance, as well as for the homeless charity Crisis. Galvin’s Chance was selected as one the beneficiaries for this year’s proceeds from the second annual The Mince Pie Project. 100 of the UK’s greatest chefs with almost 60 Michelin stars between them, including Chefs Michel Roux Jr, Raymond Blanc and Marcus Wareing amongst others, participated in this year’s project. Each chef made a unique batch of 50 mince pies which were sold in an 72-hour online auction in December. Dan Doherty, head chef at Duck and Waffle atop London’s Heron Tower, made gingerbread mince pies with a cream cheese orange frosting for the charity auction. Toping the list, his pies sold for a whooping £1,900 contributing to the overall total of £29,147.20. Other recipes included cherries, almonds, cognac and a secret, melt-in-your-mouth pastry recipe from André Garrett, Executive Chef of Galvin at Windows atop London Hilton on Park Lane; spiced, candied organic winter fruit, spiked with money-can’t-buy 1966 Invergordon Highland whisky from Andrew Fairlie from Restaurant Andrew Fairlie. For an exclusive look and your own try at a masterchef recipe from Chef Francesco Mazzei of L’Anima Restaurant visit His ‘M’Pigliati’ recipe draws on his Italian roots with figs, apricots, pistachios, walnuts and mosto cotto. The Mince Pie Project was started last year by fundraiser Pete Butler, who described the auction as a unique opportunity to get your mince pies cooked by a top chef, and donate money to two great causes.

The team at Hilton London Gatwick Airport worked very hard during the run up to do their utmost to provide gifts for children this Christmas. Bettina Maduro, Business Centre Coordinator, the HR team and Blaga Davies, Director of Business Development were avidly wrapping presents for “Operation Christmas Child.” The project is one of the largest children’s Christmas projects in the UK. The team managed to pack 35 shoeboxes that were sent to children in Montenegro that otherwise wouldn’t have received a present this Christmas. Additionally to raise money for blind children and also to celebrate St Lucia’s Day, the Blue Energy Committee organised a Christmas bake off where Team Members baked cakes, muffins, tarts and biscuits. Veronica from HR who is from Sweden where they celebrate Santa Lucia, together with Nabil, one of the Housekeeping managers, went around selling the baked goods. They were wearing white and some very festive hats, singing and playing the guitar, and raising a total of £80.

Team Members at DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly organised a 3-course Christmas lunch for Year 6 children and three members of staff from local Baguley Hall Primary School. The hotel received a very kind thank you note with lots of images from the school. Click here to see their thank you message. The students said their meal was amazing and that is was served by a fantastic team of staff. They even had the opportunity to meet the staff that cooked the meal and really appreciated doing so. Anna Niziolek, Meetings & Events Executive said:

“It was absolutely amazing and I am so pleased they were happy!”

Save the Date Community Champions and hotel representative from all Hilton Worldwide properties in Europe are cordially invited to attend the 2013 Champions Workshop on Friday, 1st March. More details, including location, are currently being confirmed but please watch your e-mails for further information soon. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at We hope to see you there.

Students from Ryburn Valley High School say thank you to all our fundraisers for their HCF grant of £3,000. This will be used to help develop a working garden which has been fenced off and secured from disused land. Once a pathway is established and raised flowerbeds are built, the garden will be used by 11-19 year olds to grow and tend plants, fruits and vegetables. The local community will also be involved. Martin Bradnam, Hotel Manager at Hilton Bradford, visited the charity at the time of their application and said: “this

is a really good project and an inclusive one. Our grant will have a significant impact on the garden and on the young people’s health and development.”

Upcoming events for your diary 18th January

Taste of Burns Dinner & Ceilidh at DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel

1st March

HCF Champions Workshop (Team Members only)

11th May

Panathlon Ball at Hilton London Stansted Airport

18th May

Around the World in a Day

If you have any other events not listed above - do tell us! Thanks and best of luck with all of your Foundation activitites.

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