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

Edition 63 - February 2014

Ski and snowboard fun for local children Hilton Coylumbridge supports Badenoch & Strathspey Schools Snowsports Association

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Embracing the chill and learning a new skill Thanks to their hard work fundraising for HCF, Hilton Coylumbridge in Scotland recently awarded a sponsored grant of £500 to the Badenoch & Strathspey Schools Snowsports Association. The group offers skiing and snowboarding for local school children across the area, both at Cairngorm Mountain and on a dry ski slope at Glenmore Lodge. The local primary schools also offer all their year seven pupils (ages 11-12) to spend a week skiing or snowboarding and this is subsidised by BSSA in Aviemore. Ali Trinder, Secretary of the charity said:

“On behalf of the BSSSA committee, children, parents and volunteers, I would like to thank the team at Hilton Coylumbridge for your generous support of our snowsports programme. This season’s programme was a huge success with almost all of the schools achieving the full four days of instruction in superb conditions in Cairngorm. Thank you once again - without your support we would not be able to offer this fantastic opportunity for local children.”

Hilton Cobham’s Christmas party Excited children from Jigsaw School in Cranleigh, Surrey, were visited by Santa Claus at their Christmas party hosted by the team at Hilton Cobham. Jayne Lobley from the school commented: “We are so fortunate to receive such personal and generous support from the Hilton Cobham staff. Our children have a range of abilities and individual requirements, which makes organising this kind of event quite challenging. However, the Hilton Christmas party has become one of our easiest offsite visits, thanks to the understanding that the staff put into pupils’ needs”.

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Zahin, a pupil from Jigsaw School, enjoys looking through her present from Santa Claus


‘Gromit Unleashed’ sees DoubleTree’s help in Bristol Bristol Children’s Hospital in the UK has its own charity the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal, which raises funds to buy extra equipment, facilities and services not covered by the NHS. HCF has supported the charity since 2010, including with a grant of £15,000 for a cerebral function monitor as part of a ‘Cots for Tots’ appeal in 2011. DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre has been getting behind the local cause, becoming involved in the latest initiative “Gromit Unleashed”, which saw one of the distinctive five-foot sculptures sit proudly outside the hotel during the summer. ‘Blazing Saddles’, which was sponsored by the hotel, certainly pulled in the crowds and helped raise valuable funds. Part of the initiative saw each Gromit across the city become the ‘Gromit of the day’, so during Blazing Saddles’ extra time in the spotlight, the team put on series of extra activities to help raise additional funds.

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With raffles to win prizes, promotions and give-aways they managed to raise £1,150. John Dowling, General Manager at the hotel, said:

“It was fantastic to be part of the Gromit Unleashed initiative and to help our local children’s hospital in Bristol. “Blazing Saddles was a big hit with our guests and those who came to see him as part of the trail. To have raised even more money for the Grand Appeal, The Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity and to make this additional donation to a genuinely important cause is a great way to cap off what was a fantastic summer”.


Helping with IT training through volunteering The Harrow Association of Disabled People (HAD) Computer Project is based at Stanmore College in Middlesex, UK, and has been running for over 10 years. The Project aims to provide computer skills training for people with learning difficulties. In 2013, the Foundation awarded HAD a grant of £4,850 to support the computer training programme. At the assessment stage, the charity was visited by Priti Sachdev, Foundation Champion at Hilton London Wembley. The grant was awarded but Priti also introduced her daughter Anar who became a regular volunteer at the scheme. Rizwana Malik, Independent Living Coordinator at HAD explains:

“Our goal is to provide a safe, sociable learning environment for students. In the Computer Project we try to develop IT skills and creativity. We offer support in the use of basic Microsoft Office programmes to help the students develop posters, spreadsheets and letters. Our structured lessons include teaching the students how to use information on the Internet, from basic search tools to use of the TfL (Transport for London) website. With help from volunteers like Anar, we offer one-to-one teaching methods to give our students the support they need. Through working with the same student each week, our volunteers are able to form bonds with the students, helping them to feel comfortable and improve their work ethic. In addition, we encourage the students to work with each other to develop their social skills and form strong friendships.” The role of volunteers is crucial to the students’ progression. They design and run activities week after week. These can consist of individual or group activities to help appeal to the visual and auditory needs of the students. Additionally, these activities help to build the students’ confidence and enhanced their skills in public speaking. Anar says:

“I really enjoy working with the students. It’s been great to see their skills develop week on week through the support we provide. Through volunteering at the Computer Project I have also gained more confidence and seen a real development in my communication skills”. Well done Anar and what a great example of regularly sharing your skills and time to benefit others.

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The pursuit of ‘Heppie-ness’ Stichting Heppie works to support vulnerable children in The Netherlands who need extra care, having tough lives or challenges at home. Stichting Heppie organises leisure activities based on the principle that by getting positive attention, love, warmth, understanding and respect, children can draw on their positive life experiences to develop into successful and fully fledged citizens. The charity provides weekend care and holidays, training and workshops and runs ‘Hotel Heppie’, a residential accommodation service for children in the Wolfsven GeldropMierlo woods. The Netherlands cross-brand cluster of hotels, Hilton Amsterdam, DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal, Hilton The Hague, Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Arena Boulevard, Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen, Hilton Rotterdam and Hilton Garden Inn Leiden, have been working hard to support Stichting Heppie as well as other local causes with their HCF activities, for example raising funds through the Around the World in a Day event, through Ducks for Change and through Small Change Big Difference. They also raised euros through a Cupcake sale event and a regional Football Tournament hosted by Hilton Rotterdam.

Special care babies to benefit from HCF grant On 24 January, representatives from Hilton Bristol and HCF convened in Yeovil, Somerset, to award a central grant of £23,300 to Yeovil Hospital for their refurbishment of the maternity unit. The funds will enable a ‘high dependency bay’ to be created, supporting the sickest and most vulnerable premature babies in a hospital which serves remote and poorer communities in south-west England. Lady Ashdown and HCF Deputy Chair Dame Maureen Thomas presented the grant, accompanied by Richard Finn, General Manager of Hilton Bristol and Simon Sheehan, Director of HCF, to Peter Wyman CBE, Chairman of Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, fundraising representatives and clinical staff.

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Above: Viva Voce wow the audience with their festive carol arrangements. Left: Michael Specking, Cluster General Manager, Hilton Prague and Hilton Prague Old Town; Terezie Kašparovská, Presenter; Terezie Sverdlinová, Director, Tereza Maxová Detem Foundation; H. E. Mr. & Mrs. Shri Ashok Venkatesan, Indian Ambassador to the Czech Republic; Claudia Specking; son of the Indian Ambassador.

Prague’s Christmas Charity Concert On Sunday 15th December, Hilton Prague and Hilton Prague Old Town organized their 17th annual Christmas Charity Concert to support Tereza Maxová Detem Foundation, whose mission is to help children in need. Michael Specking, Cluster General Manager, was delighted to hand over an HCF grant to the value of 130,000 CZK (£3,940) to the Foundation Director Terezie Sverdlinová. The special concert was held under the auspices of the Ambassdor of the Indian Republic H.E. Shri Venkatesan Ashok. The Prague Philharmonia, headed by the Indian conductor Mr. Debashish Chaudhuri and featuring Daniela Valícková as a soprano, brought the festive spirit to life. The international female choir Viva Voce conducted by Sona Frýdlová also delighted the audience with a rendition of traditional Christmas carols. Michael Specking together with Terezie Kašparovská, presenter, hosted the evening and after the concert, guests enjoyed delicious Christmas buffet under the stars in the hotel Lobby, accompanied by piano music.

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HCF Director Simon Sheehan (centre) accepts the award from Stephen Cavalier, CEO of Thompsons Solicitors and Len McCluskey the General Secretary of the union, Unite.

HCF inducted into anti-racism’s Hall of Fame On 17 December, Hilton in the Community Foundation was delighted to attend a special reception in the Speaker’s House at the UK’s Houses of Parliament to be inducted into Show Racism the Red Card’s Hall of Fame. Show Racism the Red Card is a charity that works to eradicate racism through a range of educational programmes for young people. By using the high-profile status of top footballers and rugby players and other well-known personalities as role models and spokespersons, the charity aims to create a society free from racism and other forms of discrimination. The induction award was offered in recognition of HCF’s long-standing support of the work of Show Racism the Red Card, and we were proud to stand up with supporters ranging from top footballers and managers, media personalities and politicians to promote the role of education in combating prejudiced and outdated attitudes. The reception was hosted in the awe-inspiring surroundings of the Official Speakers Residence by Rt Hon John Bercow, and guests included West Ham Utd legend Sir Trevor Brooking and film director Ken Loach. Since the beginning of HCF’s partnership with SRTRC in 2005, grants totalling £116,992 have been made, reaching more than 149,000 young people particularly through the delivery of schools workshops and regional competitions for pupils to challenge racism through poetry, artwork and drama. Other supporters honoured at the reception included West Ham’s Sam Allardyce, Newcastle United’s Alan Pardew, and England’s most-capped player Rachel Yankey. Ged Grebby, CEO of Show Racism the Red Card said:

“We are hugely grateful for the support we have received from all the new inductees into the Hall of Fame. Their contributions help us to engage young people in open discussions about racism. Our education and campaign teams work hard to challenge stereotypes and misinformation and encourage critical thinking among the young people we work with. The support of those honoured helps us reinforce these messages in a very powerful way.”

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Making Christmas special for local children Xmas jumper fun raises cash The team at Maple Court in Watford got creative with some festive fundraising for HCF in December, including a cake and laptop sale, a table top sale and a Christmas Salmon sale. These efforts were particularly to raise funds for HCF’s partner in The Philippines, Save the Children, which is working hard to support children and families affected by Typhoon Haiyan and Barnardos, which supports vulnerable children across the UK. Imaginations flew with a special #xmasjumperday with reindeer, Santa heads and snowflakes knitwear sported by many team members.

GWS - the legacy Following the inaugural Global Week of Service in 2012, a small group of team members from Maple Court went back to Watford Mencap’s Thorpedale house in December 2013 to arrange a Christmas activity evening for the residents. Much fun and hilarity was had by all and at the end of the evening one of the residents, Nigel, read out this message: “A short note to the ladies at Hilton for my lovely present. It will come in very useful and I want to thank them for it”.

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Maple Court’s more recent GWS project at Breakspeare Special School in Abbots Langley was followed up with a special visit from ‘Father Christmas’, who helped give out presents to more than 60 excited pupils. A further return visit is being organised by team members for the end of January. Dear Ch


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Children from Pippins Primary School and Colnbrook Primary School enjoy lots of festive fun with the team at Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5 including a Yule Log workshop, singing carols and creating Christmassy pictures.

T5 team treats kids to festive fun Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 team members worked hard over Christmas as they spread festive cheer among colleagues, guests and local schools. The hotel has developed close relationships with local schools Pippins Primary and Colnbrook Primary throughout the year, and over Christmas the children were invited to the hotel for a Yule Log masterclass by Chef Marcus Gregs. Both schools also treated guests and team members to a carol concert in the lobby. To thank the pupils for their hard work, Santa and his helpers Marcus, Linda, Meredith, Jade and HCF Champion Caroline Lowe visited both schools

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and distributed gifts and heard Christmas wishes. Team members also volunteered with Age Concern to brighten the festive season for local elderly residents. As well as giving up a lot of their time to volunteer over Christmas, the team at Terminal 5 also raised a fantastic £400 for HCF thanks to their ‘Winter Wonderland Family Party’ attended by over 100 guests, featuring arts and crafts and an entertainer. Thanks to a specially constructed grotto (and possibly tempted by a fantastic 6-foot gingerbread house constructed in the hotel lobby), Santa made an appearance again, accompanied by his faithful elves.


Hilton Malta hosts 150 children for party On Saturday 28 December, more than 150 children from Puttinu Cares, a children’s cancer support group, were invited to Hilton Malta’s Grandmasters’ Suite for their annual Christmas Party. The children were entertained with big inflatables, such as the bungee run, mega slide, bouncy castles and much more. The children also had the opportunity to create their own 2014 calendar and bracelets at a crafts section. More than 50 Hilton Malta team members joined members of the Blue Energy Committee to give out specially painted wooden clothes’ hangers as gifts for the Puttinu Cares Children. One activity of Puttinu Cares is to resource and support Maltese families who have children needing specialist cancer treatment at the Royal Marsden hospital in Surrey, UK.

Father Christmas rides in on his reindeer-pulled sleigh, while team members create colourful clothes hangers for the children to store their coats and bags.

By George! Hotel showstoppers are a big hit The team at Hilton St George’s Park embraced their culinary skills with a ‘Great St George’s Bake Off’. There were more than 20 entrants and all entry fees and sales totalling £90 went to the HCF nominated partner BBC Children In Need for its annual appeal. Team Members had baked a variety of cakes including brownies, Pudsey bear cupcakes, and carrot cake. Two prizes were awarded by Head Chef for the ‘Most Creative Cake’ and ‘Tastiest Cake’. In preparation for October’s Global Week of Service, Team Members were invited to donate toiletries, food and children’s activity books for nominated local charity Me and Dee, which offers comfort packs for children who are rushed in to hospital with life threatening illnesses. During the week, Team Members visited the charity headquarters to volunteer their time to help pack the bags with the collected items. In addition to volunteering, awareness of the work of Me and Dee has helped the team raise £2,259 for the charity so far.

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Hilton St George’s Park has an active Blue Energy Committee which supports HCF and our work in the local community.


Christmas wishes delivered in Hungary Continuing their festive tradition, the team at Hilton Budapest WE placed two Christmas trees – one in the Lobby and the other one in the Executive Lounge, decorated with the drawings of orphan children. The drawings were made by the children about their desired Christmas presents. From little boys aged of 3-4 to teenage girls aged 17, altogether 41 young people created drawings for the Wish Trees. These children are all living in the SOS Village of Battonya, which gives them shelter, support to their education and their integration into the society. This village is located near the Hungarian-Romanian border in a very poor area of Hungary. The enthusiastic Front Desk Team made sure hotel guests heard about the opportunity to support the Wish Tree gifts. Additionally, team members bought many of the presents or donated money to the cause. On 20 December the Blue Energy Committee and

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Operations Manager departed from Budapest in the morning with a van full of wrapped presents. Finance team member and HCF Champion Ádám Honved said:

“When we arrived at our destination we got surrounded by excited children! They gave a fantastic show including singing, telling stories and dancing. After their hard work they really deserved their gifts which we handed to them. We were so touched because of the happy faces that we could not hide our tears of happiness any longer. There is nothing better than making someone’s dream come true – especially if they are children. Let me finish with Mother Teresa’s words: ”It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”


Snapper fish dish helps raise cash in Athens

The Galaxy Restaurant and Bar at Hilton Athens has added to its menu a dish that really makes a difference, not only from a taste point of view: red snapper fillet and scallop “a la plancha”, homemade pancetta, velvety celery root puree and rosemary jus. Galaxy offers €2 of the price of the dish to ‘Alma Zois’, the Hellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer. This charity was founded in 1988 by breast cancer survivors, who aspired to offer the necessary emotional support to recently diagnosed sufferers. The Association’s vision is to provide to every woman in Greece the necessary information on breast cancer prevention and early detection, as well as to offer psychosocial support and information about rights and welfare which help families in need. From the 18 January until the 30 September 2013, Galaxy managed to gather €1002 for Alma Zois. On the 11 November, Tina Toribaba, Communications Manager of the hotel, invited the President and Board Members of Alma Zois to dinner in order to officially announce the results and the extension of the support until the 1 October 2014.

Hilton Cologne clothing drive for Red Cross Hilton Cologne team members undertook a winter clothing drive which yielded all manner of coats, tops and warm items for the German Red Cross (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz). Pictured left helping with the clothing drive are Katharina Scherff (Guest Relations Manager), Sarah Huenerbein (Administration Executive) and René Fritzsche (Restaurant Supervisor). The hotel also continued its support for its local HCF partner Förderverein für krebskranke Kinder e.V. Köln, raising Eur 482 through the Small Change Big Difference campaign. This will support children with cancer, particularly in the children’s ward at the Cologne hospital.

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Mainz for mothers in need

The team members of Hilton Mainz and Hilton Mainz City in Germany worked together to start a clothing collection in November 2013 for local charity partner Hildegard Haus in Mainz. Hidegard Haus supports women and mothers in unfortunate life situations. Many of the women are single parents who have escaped violent relationships. Hildgard Haus has a clothes collection scheme, which the team members of the Hilton hotels in Mainz wanted to support. During the month of November team members collected three trolleys full of donations, which were cleaned and send to the collection, just in time for Christmas. A special part of the collection was the fact that a lot of team members also donated baby clothes, toys and even a cot. The hotels sponsored 20 bathrobes as well. The toys were donated on Saint Nicolaus day (6th Dec) to the children at the “Lern-und Spielstuben”, which is part of the Hildegard Haus. The kids were delighted about games like “Kroko Doc” as well as the chocolate Santas that were given.

Guests help fulfil children’s wishes Every year Hilton Munich City proudly presents a very special Christmas tree. In 2013, this exceptional tree helped hugely in making this Christmas a memorable one for the children of the nearby children’s home Adelgundenheim. The home has cared for unprotected children as well as young adults for over 100 years and the team wanted to help give them a very happy Christmas. With the support of their guardians and the hotel’s dedicated staff, the children spent a fun-filled day at the hotel decorating the tree. The decoration not only included typical features such as Christmas baubles, shiny stars and colorful bows, but also unique hand-made “wish” cards, which revealed the children’s most desired Christmas wish. If one of the hotel’s guests wanted to help fulfill a wish, they chose a card and placed the gift underneath the tree. The concierge was happy to assist the guests in making the necessary arrangements. The festive fun followed other activities during 2013. For example, during October’s Global Week of Service, Hilton Munich City undertook a number of activities to support Adelgundeheim. One was that the children baked 400 muffins which were sold to guests and passersby throughout this week, raising funds for the children’s home.

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UNICEF thanks Hilton Budapest a million In December 2013 Hilton Budapest sponsored and hosted the teambuilding of the UNICEF Hungarian Committee. The Committee’s new President Ms Emese Gdansk was welcomed during this event. UNICEF was one of the hotel’s HCF nominated charity partners for 2013. A reception of UNICEF Hungarian Committee and SPAR Hungary was then held in the Ballroom, where diplomats from 42 countries and their children met as part of UNICEF’s “Believe in Zero” campaign. Each child had run 1 km during an October marathon organized by SPAR, representing the countries that joined their forces to promote the campaign. The campaign draws attention to the 20,000 children under five dying daily from preventable causes in the world, such as lack of drinking water, vaccinations, food and lack of medicines. This campaign was felt to be of high importance for the team at Hilton Budapest and they were keen to support it as best they could. As a result of joint efforts made by the Front Desk Team promoting ‘Small Change, Big Difference’, some major corporate accounts and the Executive Committee, by the end of November HUF 1.1m (£3,000) had been raised for the benefit of UNICEF’s children. Special thanks once again for all who have contributed to this special achievement! Meantime, the hotel took part in a Curling competition at the Kamaraerdei Curling Club for the Robert Burns Foundation, for its appeal to benefit sick and underprivileged children in Hungary and Central Europe. The Curling team was represented by Daniella Géczi, Marketing Executive, Eva Lefler Sales Manager, Peter Simon Receptionist and Béla Soós, Bell Captain. This fantastic mini team became gold medalists - congratulations!

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Hilton Croydon reaches higher in support of young people

82,000 of Croydon’s residents are aged under 18, with a diverse mix of ethnicity and affluence. Particularly since the summer 2011 riots, which deeply affected the Croydon community, there has been increased concern and emphasis on ensuring young people are engaged and contributing positively to society. Reaching Higher, founded in 2010 with the support of volunteers from Rhema Church, has always believed in the potential of children and young people to be leaders of their own destinies and provides a range of fun and engaging activities. During 2013, 14 volunteers from Reaching Higher went to Bolivia on a 10-week government placement scheme to work with young people who had been abused, sex-trafficked and made homeless. Prior to the group going out to Bolivia, Reaching Higher partnered with Hilton Croydon to put on a charity event to support the project. Titi Iga, Head of Development and Operations at Reaching Higher said:

“We wanted to do something different and knew a great way to get people together, was through music. Ten performers entertained the audience of around 250 people at Hilton Croydon and gave generously and the money raised went towards the cost of the trip. The night also featured a comedian, a raffle and talks about the trip and we had a short film shown from a volunteer who had gone on the trip earlier in the year.” The musical event was fitting because Foundation Champion Gloria Prescod first heard about the work of Reaching Higher when an acoustic band of young people was playing in her local coffee shop. The team at Hilton Croydon excelled themselves in 2013 by raising £9,286 during Around the World in a Day, in partnership with their nominated charity partner Reaching Higher. So successful is the partnership that the team have nominated Reaching Higher to be their local cause for 2014 and another live acoustic night is planned for March. A few of the volunteers who went to Bolivia in 2013 have put together an initiative about global poverty and raising the awareness in young people and will present at the acoustic evening.

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1920s Chicago theme night in Austria

Wow! What a fantastic night and glamorous kick-off of the year 2014! Under the motto “Mafia Bosses and Diamond Girls – A night in Chicago 1920”, all Viennese team members from Hilton Vienna, Hilton Vienna Danube and Hilton Vienna Plaza came together and enjoyed a fun and entertaining evening. Besides a mouth-watering American-Italian buffet, a live musician playing the classical soundtrack of “The Godfather” and other suitable tracks, professional Charleston dancing couples who made the fun-o-meter rise even higher... the chance was also taken to raise some money for local HCF charity partners DEBRA Austria and Sterntalerhof, through a tombola. Every ticket was sold for €2 and at the end of the evening no less than €2200 had been collected! Team members won some fantastic prizes such as brunch vouchers, hotel accommodation vouchers and much more! Johanna Jany, HR Manager for Austria and Foundation Champion said:

“It was a spectacular evening, travelling back to the roaring twenties, and definitely a night to remember!”

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Hilton Garden Inn Krakow helps kids in need

A team from Hilton Garden Inn Krakow in Poland took part in a refurbishment proejct at the house of the Chochol family identified by local HCF charity partner Fundacja Miedzy Niebem a Ziemia. The house is 30km outside Krakow, in beautiful rocky valley area called Szklary. Mr Chochol died in June 2013 leaving his wife with four disabled children. Two of the children are blind and two are visually impaired. The youngest, who is 12 years old also suffers from autism. Thanks to the work of Fundacja Miedzy Niebem a Ziemia who organized a renovation of the family’s home from scratch, the team had the chance to participate. Builders had prepared the walls to be painted. The team painted two rooms in beige and one in violet. The hotel’s night receptionist took measurements to do curtains and the team plans to revisit to install them soon. The hotel also delivered some warm blankets and pillows in readiness for the harsh winter. In November, the hotel hosted a charity auction with Fundacja Miedzy Niebem a Ziemia to raise money for children and families which are taken care of by the charity. Their mission is to help children and their families in the hardest moments of their life. The event itself was mainly aimed for law firms. The lawyers had been reading fairytales and recording audiobooks, which were then sold as tickets. Additionally with the help of the hotel’s celebrity friends, the auction was an amazing success and managed to collect more than 180,000 PLN approx 45,000 Eur. The hotel provided the space, equipment, service, food and drinks for the event.

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Hilton Northampton to the rescue As reported in the Northampton Chronicle and Echo Newspapers, team members at Hilton Northampton volunteered to work extra hours after a local restaurant burned down.

A group of children who were due to have their Christmas dinner in the restaurant were still able to enjoy a festive meal, thanks to the generosity of the hotel and other donors. The Kinship Carers voluntary group had booked tables at Red Hot World Buffet in Sixfields for a meal on December 27, but the restaurant was gutted by a fire on December 18. The 43 children, who live with relatives or family friends because of problems at home, also got a Christmas present, paid for with a donation from Crisis Worldwide Couriers in Wellingborough. Following the meal, the children and the charity’s volunteers went on to the Guildhall in Northampton for a Christmas party. Sandy Chamberlain, a Kinship Carers volunteer, said:

“The service in the Hilton and the Guildhall was absolutely spectacular. It made everyone feel special, a bit like royalty. We were waited on hand and foot, and we crammed so much in. Everyone put in a lot of hard work to make the day special for children who could not be with their parents. It touched the hearts of a lot of people. We can’t thank everybody enough for their offers.”

Supporting Special Olympics in Europe Thanks to fundraising by team members, HCF has been able to support Special Olympics groups in the UK, Germany and Switzerland. In Switzerland, where to date more than €7,850 has been raised for the charity partner, the funds have been used for ‘Special Training’ to help children become integrated into local sports clubs. For example, the football Super League in Switzerland supports the Special Training programme. Most recently, Special Olympics Deutschland is set to benefit from the fundraising undertaken by the Germany hotels through HCF’s ‘Small Change Big Difference’ campaign.

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Ceilidh for local school In October 2013 Hilton Dunkeld in Perthshire, Scotland, held a Charity Ceilidh in our marquee for team members and the community. Around 90 people attended and danced the night away to the local high school band “Fiddle Sticks” The team organised a raffle which was a great success and a raised £906 was raised through the event. A cheque for £453.00 was given to the local primary school The Royal School of Dunkeld. They will use the funds for outdoor equipment.

Susie Richie the hotel’s Blue Energy Committee Community Champion with two school children and the Head Teacher from The Royal School of Dunkeld receiving the cheque.

Turkey gift to museum

Santa in Stansted 60 people including children with various disabilities came to Hilton London Stansted Airport from local schools supported by local nominated HCF charity partner, The Panathlon Foundation. The children had an entertainer first then enjoyed Christmas lunch in the restaurant. Santa made a special visit and each child received a present. After lunch everyone congregated in the reception area around the Christmas tree to sing carols.

Following the Eurasia Marathon, team members from the Istanbul cluster of hotels donated funds to the Colourful Mathematics World museum, enabling two more installations to be funded.

From left to right : Armin Zerunyan (Country General Manager FS Hotels Turkey), Derya Tikansak, cluster Foundation Champion, Neslihan (PR & Marketing Manager Istanbul Cluster), Prof. Serhat Kutlan (President of Istanbul Rotary Club), Nural Denker (Member of Istanbul Club), Ertugrul Duru (Museum Manager).

The Christmas tree at Hilton Nuremberg not only gave guests festive cheer but also supported nursery aged children from local charity partner Bärenstark through wishes and sponsorship. The children sang ‘Thank you’.

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Clinical staff from the NSPCC’s Boole House in Coventy hold up a Thank You poster created by the children they look after. The centre received a grant of £20,159.10 following the Hilton Midlands Cluster Ball in 2013, which had a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ theme. Boole House is a specialist service of the NSPCC which looks after children who have suffered from abuse.

Upcoming events for your diary Friday 14th February

Valentines Ball, Hilton Blackpool

Friday 7th February

‘Wear Red’ day at Hilton Leeds City

Friday 21st February

Foundation Champion Workshop - Europe hotels, Hilton Munich City

Friday 28th February

Foundation Champion Workshop - UK hotels, Hilton Manchester Airport

Friday 28th February

Race Night, Hilton London Heathrow Airport

Tuesday 4th March

Schools Music Festival, Hilton Blackpool

Friday 14th March

Legends Dinner, Hilton Manchester Airport

Tuesday 1st April

Charity Dinner, ‘Kids an die Macht’, Hilton Munich Park

Sunday 13th April

Virgin London Marathon

Friday 9th May

Sporting Excellence Ball, Midlands Cluster Ball, Hilton St George’s Park - Book now

Saturday 10th May

Prohibition Ball, Hilton London Kensington - Book now

Friday 30th May

Mayfair Park and Tower Race - Register here

If you would like to attend any of the events, please visit the events page on our website to book. If you have any other events not shown, do tell us - The best of luck with all of your HCF activities.

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