FoundationHighlights Creating Brighter Futures for Young People Registered Charity No. 1084220 (England and Wales) 038995 (Scotland)
Edition 55 - June 2013
Shaken, not stirred at Newport Ball Last month, Hilton Newport held a very successful James Bond Skyfall themed Gala dinner where more than £14,000 was raised for Hilton in the Community Foundation and Dreams & Wishes. Guests were exclusively invited to try their luck at “Casino Royale”, where they could play roulette, black jack, stud poker and wheel of fortune, with friendly croupiers ready to help. Alongside these activities, guests also enjoyed a luxurious five course meal HCF is generously supported by:
and live entertainment throughout the evening, including a performance from the John Oliver Band, providing the perfect backdrop for a memorable night. Dreams & Wishes is a children’s charity that is dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of seriously ill children and their families. Viaggio UK Ltd helped to organise the event, with Lewis Lewis, commenting on behalf of the company:
“We are passionate as a company about giving back to both the local community and charities such as Dreams & Wishes who aim to make a real difference to the lives of seriously ill children during what are very difficult times for both the child and their families.” Celebrity attendees of the event included Cardiff City Captain, Mark Hudson and Dean Edwards, a celebrity TV chef who regularly appears on UK programmes This Morning and GMTV.
Above: The runners at the start line. Bottom right: Fred Sirieix and ‘BEV’ the Blue Energy Vibe mascot. Bottom right: Sarah Davenport, Anna Taylor and Leah De Silva are all smiles (before they hit the stairs!)
Conquering the tower race
On Friday 31st May, London Hilton on Park Lane hosted the Mayfair Park and Tower race to help vulnerable young people, equipping and supporting them locally into education or full-time employment. The race received a good response from the community with 88 runners registering and 65 runners participating on the day. Runners in London met early on Friday morning first raced a 4.5km track around Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park before running up 475 stairs at London Hilton on Park Lane culminating in a champagne reception at Michelinstarred Galvin at Windows restaurant on the 28th floor of the hotel. Amongst the runners was Chef Patron of The Pompadour by Galvin, Jeff Galvin, Hayden Groves, Executive chef at BaxterStorey and Galvin’s Chance founder and Galvin at Windows General Manager, Fred Sirieix. This year’s male winner was Andrew Alley, completing the race in just 19 minutes and three seconds. Tori Maden took the top honours for female participants, finishing in 25 minutes and 28 seconds. After everyone had completed the race, Fred Siriex addressed the crowd and thanked them for their amazing efforts:
“I’d like to echo my thanks to everybody who ran today and congratulations to our two deserving winners. The Tower climb symbolizes quite a lot about Galvin’s Chance. It is
Above left: Luis Sabogal, a Galvin’s Chance graduate, starts the race for the runners. Right: Fred Sirieix and Jeff Galvin set off at a good pace. Bottom left: One partcipant takes the race in his stride. Bottom right: A group of runners from the Lansdowne show their support for Glavin’s Chance
not always an easy or smooth journey for the candidates – a lot is demanded of them and to take full advantage of the opportunity to progress involves long hours, dedication and a willingness to learn. It can also be a tough climb for the employers, the apprenticeship trainers and for the programme organizers – but together we make it work – and it is an incredibly rewarding process to be part of. It can’t happen without fundraising like today, so thank you for your help.” Jeff Galvin also expressed his thanks to all those taking part in the race:
“Galvin’s Chance gives young people the chance to get a foothold and get ahead in this exciting and diverse sector. With hard work, commitment and perseverance, they show that anything is possible. Thank you for being part of making that happen.” Well done and congratulations to everyone that took part in the challenging race. The funds raised will ensure that Galvin’s Chance will be able to continue its innovative work with disadvantaged young people offering them mentoring, training and the chance of securing sustainable work in the hospitality industry in some of London’s finest hotels and restaurants. Thanks go to our sponsors Wenlock Spring, Pommery, Production Plus, Pellier Photography, Serpentine Running Club and of course our volunteers who helped cheer everyone around the course. Click here to see the results and learn more about Galvin’s Chance.
Supporting the community
Above: Children enjoy a healthy meal that was prepared by Executive Chef, Dimitris Melemenis. Below: Team Members enjoyed participating in the Corporate Relay run
As part of their CSR and Blue Energy activities this month, learning about how to prepare healthy meals and had lots of questions for the Executive Chef. Hilton Athens participated in various events to help the community. In addition to brightening the day of children at a local school, Team Members from the hotel also participated To promote healthy eating, they joined the Food Aid in the Corporate Relay Run on May 19th. The relay run programme, which is an initiative of the Institute of is a race of 12km and participants come together from all Preventative Medicine, Environmental and Occupational different companies in the city to run and raise funds for Health. disadvantaged children. The hotelâ€™s Executive Chef, Dimitris Melemenis, prepared Hilton Athens was represented by Alexis Kostouros 55 small portions of rocket salad with melon, and (Finance), George Tassopoulos (Purchasing), Spiros vegetable couscous for students at the 6th Primary Gourounas (Engineering) and Dimitris Margaris (Hiltonia School of Acharnes, which is in a disadvantaged Spa). All of the runners had so much fun participating neighbourhood in Athens. The chef brought the in the Corporate Relay Run that the Foundation heard ingredients to the school, showed them how to prepare on the grapevine that some of the Team Members were the meal and then explained the benefits of a healthy, considering running the forthcoming October marathon. balanced diet. The children really enjoyed the food,
Right: James and David set off from John O’Groats and reached Lands end (top), by tandem, despite the odd set back.
A journey to Land’s End, by tandem On Tuesday 7th May, James McLoughlin (Front Office Supervisor) and David Ashton (Front of House Manager) from DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge set off from John O’Groats in Scotland. Their mission: to cycle to Land’s End, in Cornwall, England. Their vehicle: a tandem. Braving fog, wind, rain, punctures and failing brakes, this intrepid pair crossed Scotland and England and met friendly cyclists and locals (of both two- and four-legged variety) along the way. Even a buckled wheel couldn’t stop these two completing their journey, although by that point it did cause mild confusion, and after an emergency repair outside Bristol, they carried on with their 880-mile ride. By 6pm on Monday 13th May, both James and David were feeling ‘a little tired’ when they heard the Cornwall Air Ambulance passing overhead, and both thought about asking for assistance. However, using the DoubleTree approach of pulling together in the same direction, the pair pushed once more for the finish line and made it three hours later at 9pm. During the course of this arduous trek, a fantastic £1,065 was raised towards Hilton in the Community Foundation and the Cambridge Blue Smile Project. Blue Smile is a new Cambridgeshire children’s charity that provides counselling and therapy for school pupils between the ages of three and 13. If you would like to donate you may still do so by clicking here. James and David would like to thank Hilton Glasgow, Hilton Birmingham Metropole and DoubleTree Bristol South – Cadbury House for their kind hospitality and helping to ensure they could rest and have a good soak in a hot bath en route.
Helping local charities Patrick Kenny, General Manager of Hilton Bath City presented Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME) with a cheque of £17,000 from Hilton in the Community Foundation, which will fund four ‘Wizzybug’ powered wheelchairs for disabled children under the age of five.
BIME is an independent charity working to improve the quality of life of children and adults with disabilities and healthcare problems through the use of technology, and their Wizzybug is a prime example of how they help people with disabilities. A Wizzybug is a powered vehicle for disabled children to experience mobility in their early years and it has a range Above: Left to Right: Tony Husband, Commercial Manager (BIME), Emma Andrews, Media of controls and seating adjustments and Fundraising Officer (BIME), P.J. Kenny, General Manager (Hilton Bath City), Nigel Harris, and can be used with close adult Director (BIME) supervision both in and outdoors in accessible areas such as level gardens, playgrounds and parks. Each Wizzybug is loaned out at least 3 times in the scheme. This means the Hilton in the Community Foundation’s grant will enable BIME to transform the lives of at least twelve more children through their charitable Wizzybug loan scheme. Patrick Kenny, Hotel Manager of Hilton Bath City, who was also involved in Hilton in the Community Foundation’s grant assessment process, said:
“I was delighted when asked to visit BIME in Bath. When visiting their workshop at Bath Hospital the concept of the Wizzybug and what they mean to the children and indeed their families was explained to me. I was touched to hear the stories, families’ experiences and overall life changing moments when a child receives their Wizzybug. I am delighted that the Hilton in the Community have awarded BIME a grant such as this – as it is clearly evident it will be put to extremely good use to help Children’s development and give Children the responsibility and independence they deserve, while having great fun.” Right: A child enjoys their new Whizzybug
A leap of faith Earlier in the month, 11 of Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor’s bravest Team Members got together and bungee-jumped to raise funds for HCF. Team members took the jump in their stride and enjoyed the thrill of the challenge of the urban bungee jump. They descended 164 ft from the iconic A-Listed Titan Crane, at speeds of 50 miles per hour towards the Clyde. The Team Members that enjoyed the adventure and exhilaration of the bungee jump are: Lee Kirkpatrick, Kirsty Allan, Michail Vozikakis, Chelsea Graham, Jack Marshall, Dominic Macinnes, Angus Cohen, Phoebe Batham, Lynda Hamilton, Toni Georgieva and Foundation Champion, Jemma Nicol. Photos: Team members were feeling confident about their jump and below, one brave Team Member completes their bungeejump.
Supporting local football teams With Hilton Nuremberg preparing for the 2013 HCF Soccer Cup, Team Members from the hotel decided to do something to support a soccer team in their local community. Most soccer clubs for young people have a very tight budget, and this was the case for Sportvereinigung Mögeldorf 2000. Their team was urgently in need for some new clothes for their training sessions. To help out the local football team, Hilton Nuremberg donated €1,500 worth of new t-shirts and shorts to the team, which was greatly appreciated and the children were proud to show off the Hilton in the Community Foundation logo that had been printed on all of the t-shirts. Team Member, Stephanie Teuber said:
“It was such a great feeling to see all of the children smiling and laughing. The whole team at Hilton Nuremberg wishes Sportvereinigung Mögeldorf 2000 all the best and a very successful new season.” For Team Members who wish to enter a team into the 2013 HCF Soccer Cup from 2-4th August can do so by e-mailing Christian.Fomm@hilton.com If you are unable to enter the touranment but would still like to support the great causes that it will be raising funds for, please click here.
The youth team were very proud of their new kit donated by Hilton Nuremberg
Zoe has a Ball for charity With their Strictly Come Dancing Style Midsummer Ball, Hilton Brighton Metropole was in need of some appropriate judges for the evening. Luckily, local TV and radio personality, Zoe Ball is going to be joining the panel.
The 2009 series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing television show saw Zoe Ball come third place, impressing judges and audiences alike, which makes her a great addition to the panel of judges for the ball in June.
The 2012 Midsummer Ball will be raising funds for HCF and Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, where they raise funds for life-saving and cutting edge medical equipment, while ensuring that children are treated in an environment that is better suited to their needs. We look forward to hearing more about the Midsummer Ball at the end of the month.
Team Members act as secret Santa At Conrad Algarve there is a fun room in the hotel that is just for children. Known as the “Little C Palace”, the room has its own special post box. Last year, at Christmas, children wrote letters to Santa, but the post man got muddled up and delivered them to the hotel instead. Team members decided that this year they would help out Santa and each department took one letter each and decided to grant the children’s Christmas wishes. Santa was then invited to the hotel to give the children presents under the giant Christmas tree. But sometimes, dreams can seem like too much to ask for. So one of the boys who wrote a letter to Santa humbly asked for a simple toy, when what he really wanted was a Pedro was really happy to receive his dream gift, a Playstation. playstation. When the children were given the presents they had asked Santa for, Pedro was sad as he did not ask for his dream present like the other children had. He didn’t say anything at first, but Team Members at the hotel could tell that something was wrong. The supervisor of the Little C Palace kids club was so touched by the boy’s sad face, he decided to do something to make his wish come true, so together with another Team Member, the Gusto restaurant Sommelier came up with a way of raising the money to get Pedro his dream gift. Antonio, the restaurant Sommelier would offer two of his personal bottles of wine to be auctioned among the team and get the money to buy the gift. With the funds raised to purchase a Playstation for Pedro, they invited him back to the hotel on his birthday and gave him his dream gift. He was so happy with the present that he has promised to continue studying and working hard at school.
Helping a local charity with tasty food This month, Hilton Milan started a project with M’ama Food which will last for a total of three months and involves the hotel stocking two new products from M’ama food on their menu. M’ama Food is a programme that was organised by Farsi Prossimo, a charity that helps disadvantaged young women and their children. M’ama Food aims to equip women with the skills they need to find careers where they can be financially independent and provide a more hopeful future for their children. When the M’ama Food menu items are ordered by guests at the hotel, €1 from each sold item will be given to Farsi Prossimo to continue supporting the organisation’s great work. The menu items include venus rice with coconut milk, roasted shrimps and corn chips and Strawberry Batida with Coconut star fruit with a cinnamon aroma. Hilton Milan’s Chef Paolo Ghirardi and Barman Alberto Polizzi came up with the idea of stocking these items and with the support of Food and Beverage Manager Carmine Ponticorvo the hotel will now be helping to create brighter futures for disadvantaged young people.
An example of one of the recipes from M’ama Food.
Taking on the three peaks challenge Brave Team Members from the Hilton Leeds City Sales office successfully completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, raising over £1,400 for Martin House Children’s Hospice and Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.
Together, Team Members Amy Kennedy, Amy Matchett, Charlotte Thornes, Dan Fenby, Kate Bradley, Kimberly Noon, Lucinda Embleton, Marie Claire Galea, Sarah Huggins and Suzie Miskin scaled Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales travelling from peak to peak and completing the task in a day. Martin House Children’s Hospice Cares for children and young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses and provides support to their families. The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund provides support to the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. Well done to all involved, the donation will really make a difference to the lives of seriously ill children.
Team Members from Hilton Cologne Leeds City ready to embark on their hike to the first of three peaks.
From London to Paris by bike
From an idle suggestion one morning, the idea grew until it became the London-Paris Cycle Challenge. Eighteen riders drawn from management at Hilton Worldwide International HQ in Watford, Maple Court, Hilton Bracknell and their friends, all decided to hop on their bikes (or in some cases acquire one) and get pedalling in aid of disadvantaged young people. The ride started on the evening of 16th May at Hilton Croydon, where the cyclists met the event crew from HCF’s event partner Global Adventure Challenges and were delighted with the bespoke menu and a warm greeting from all the staff, which helped with the 6am start! By 8am on the 17th, the first mile of the next 250 was clocked up – mostly in traffic, unfortunately. After that the going was a little easier, and the team was welcomed by Hilton Portsmouth before getting the overnight ferry to Caen. The team cycled another 90 miles the following day and arrived in Evreux – not without sore legs, by this point. On the final day, after braving punctures, cycling on the right, rolling countryside, rain, and the occasional strained interaction with tourist attraction attendants, the team made it to the outskirts of Paris by 4pm, where they re-grouped for the final iconic ride into the capital: around the Arc de Triomph, along the Champs Elysee and finally ending at the Eiffel Tower. In true British fashion, the team were met by a deluge of rain, which brought back fond memories of winter training. Pommery lifted the mood with their very kind provision of champagne, and Global Adventure Challenges stepped in, as ever, with blankets at the ready. This epic journey was celebrated in style at Hilton Paris la Défense, where a delicious four-course meal and, most importantly, comfortable seating were waiting.
Photo above: Special thanks to all of our cyclists, David Bailey, Stephen Cassidy, Gordon Coles, Graham Craggs, Alison Dawson, Graham Dodd, Celia Geyer, Joe Godfrey, Christopher Heath, Thomas Kelly, Philippa Le Roux, Adrian Pearce, James Percival, Mark Purseglove, Jon Scott, Adam Van Den Bussche, Mark Walenbergh and Chris Webb
Thanks to the commitment of their fundraising, a staggering ÂŁ44,319 has already been raised for HCF. Some of the cyclists opted to split their net fundraising and funds will also be going to Meldreth Manor, the Oak Centre for Children and Young People at the Royal Marsden Hospital, National Autism Society and Prostate Cancer UK. More photos from the challenge can be found here. The team would like to thank Global Adventure Challenges for their fantastic support and their superlative event crew who made the going a little easier. We would also like to thank Hilton Croydon, Hilton Portsmouth, Campanile Evreux, and Hilton Paris La DĂŠfense for their excellent hospitality, as well as very kindly donating accommodation in order to maximise the net fundraising. Hilton Worldwide sponsored a part of the event costs, allowing more money to reach disadvantaged young people. The team received sponsorship from P81 thanks to Matthew Tailby of Livingwell who ensured that the team looked spick and span in their cycling kits (not to mention the rucksack of cycling goodies also provided) and Bruce Beardwood of Pommery who provided champagne as well as wine for the celebration meal. Among others, the team would like to thank Simon Vincent, Matthew Tailby and Julien Dos Santos from Hilton Worldwide, Monique Gunther from Villeroy & Boch, Steve Turner from Media Arts Lab, Ben Coster from Mace Group, Ronald Huiskamp Hospitality Concepts, Janice Mitten from Harrison, Hirsch Bedner Associates, GA Design, Eric Kirwan from Grohe, Cody Bradshaw of Starwood Capital, Shiraz Boghani of Splendid Hotels, David Harper of Leisure property Services, Tony Green of Hortons Estate Limited and the Farnsworth Group for their generous donations. The Team would also like to thank David Carmes of Sixt for kindly arranging transport from the Eiffel Tower to Hilton Paris La Defense.
Cycling from London to Glasgow
Team Members from HIlton Glasgow did not let the bad weather stop them from completing their massive bike ride.
On Friday 17th May, outside Hilton London Syon Park, Team Members Richard Sims, David Robb, Michael Martin, Derek Lines and Steve Begen from Hilton Glasgow and Hilton Strathclyde pointed their bikes in the direction of Glasgow and set off on a challenging journey from London to Glasgow, some 400 miles in one day. The day started bright enough, and wasn’t raining, but the low grey cloud meant it felt like 7pm all day and with the wind being the opposite of what it should be, a northern, it was far from ideal. Still the bottles were full, the pockets overflowing with Jelly Babies or Haribo and the spirits were high although slightly subdued with what they were about to attempt. They navigated their way from central London to Milton Keynes surprisingly easily using only the iphone sat nav to find their way. Some uneventful miles later after suffering from a few punctures and with darkness fast approaching, the rain had really started. The cyclists’ spirits were still reasonably high at this point despite being soaking wet and the light fading. The Lake District’s hills and valleys reminded them of Scotland and kept them motivated. “While attempting the largest climb of the bike ride, David had some stomach issues at this point and wasn’t good. Derek was shaking uncontrollably with the cold and it was getting serious. Once over the top all of the riders were all shaking and slightly hypothermic, so we took a break and changed into some fresh clothes in the warm service van.” After a couple of hours sleep in the bus and some breakfast, the weather was still terrible and tough decisions had to be made, meaning a minibus transfer up the M74. Getting back on the bike and into still soaking wet gear for the last 60 home was tough for the riders as the roads were in bad condition, so it was great to be met by a group from Athelite who helped to get them back up the road. The team conveyed thanks to John Young, Derek Boyd, David Arthur from Athelite. “Another 20 soaking miles on and we met the first of our roadside supporters Yvonne Muir, Scot and the girls and shouting us on (still in onesies, including the girls). Next up was Derek Stewart at Chaterhault, then Nicola Carlin, Aidan and Niall just popped out of the park as well, good timing.” On the final ramp up to Hilton Glasgow the group were greeted by loads of cheering friends and family and 5 pints of Guinness. “Many thanks to all that supported the team, in donations, morale and roadside. Big thanks to Suzi Gray, Mark Jones and Charlie Sims and Albert Dickov, the amazing minibus support crew.”
The perks of spring cleaning With winter over and the warmer weather coming, itâ€™s a great opportunity to look through your belongings and get rid of things that you no longer need, so Team Members from Hilton Lyon organised a huge collection drive throughout May. Team Members collected old and unwanted clothes, shoes, blankets and sheets reaching a total weight of 155kg and donated it all to the Secours Populaire, a not-for-profit organisation that provides emergency aid including food, clothing and emergency housing to people that are desperately in need. The organisation are very grateful for the donation which will be used to help the many people that depend on the service.
Supporting a local sports day Seven Team Members from Maple Court and a few of their friends and family decided to help out the local community by supporting a sports day for the disabled. Five teams from the south of England competed in throwing and target games with each of the events being divided into four categories, standing and wheelchair classes and for men and women. In the afternoon there were walking
and running races as well as a wheelchair slalom, with a challenging course set in the courtyard by one of the Team Members, Michael Walton. The helpers got a special mention from the organiser at the end of the day for being outstanding, and as everyone who went wants to help out again next year, this looks like the start of a great relationship with a group of highly motivated people.
Top right: Dave Fallow pushing another David on the last dash on the home straight. Above: Back row: Theon Goonetilleke, David Fallow, Christiane Robert, Iona-Joy Thompson. Front row: Christina Hoesly Petropakis, Gillian Alexander, Charlotte Nohavicka
Top: Team Hilton clocked up miles for AWD by playing a football game against the Raiders. Far left: Mascots, Nuts, Iggy and Montey ran a race to add to Hilton Maidstone’s AWD miles. Left: A Team Member uses a rowing machine to add more miles, bring Hilton Maidstone’s total so far to 1,078.
Maidstone goes Around the World Hilton Maidstone held their Around the World in a Day event early and got lucky with the weather this month when they clocked up their miles.
Elite runner Dominic added a total of 14 miles of his own by going on a run, while Darren and Neil rowed 60 miles between them.
With a fabulous activity schedule for the day, Team Members and members from the local community joined in on the day clocking up 1,078 km and so far, they have raised £1,640 for Maidstone United and Meningitis Trust.
The hotel also organised a Mascot race between Nuts, Iggy and Monty, with Nuts being the winner. The race was particularly popular with children that attended the day, with them cheering on their favourites. Other great activities happening on the day included face painting, hook the duck and guitar rock star. Guests looking for a treat could also head over to the stalls selling cakes and burgers.
The day kicked off with a football match, which the Raiders won by scoring a total of 14 goals. The Hilton team scored a respectable 5 goals.
The day was wrapped up with a raffle, which was a massive success and involved wonderful prizes including a stay at the Hilton London Metropole, four tickets for Hever Castle, family admission to Leeds Castle and many other great prizes. Over 100 hotels across Europe will be holding Around the World in a Day events on and around 15 June 2013. So thank you to Hilton Maidstone for getting us off to a great start.
X-factor winner supports AWD
Joe McElderry stopped by the gym at London Hilton on Park Lane whilst he was staying at the hotel for a series of concerts that he’ll be performing in to raise funds and awareness for The Hunger Project, one of HCF’s charity partners. Following two highly acclaimed sell out shows at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre and the Royal Albert Hall, Joe performed two ‘up close and personal’ shows at the end of May at Pizza Express Jazz Club for The Hunger Project. Dressed in his 2013 Around the World in a Day t-shirt, the pop star – who recently performed a duet with Beyonce, was keen to help clock up some miles ahead of the event on June 15th on various machines at the Precor gym whilst Foundation Champion, Amir Butt, told him more about the hotel’s plans for AWD. Joe said: “It’s really great for people to help out in their local community when they can, and I’ll be thinking of all of you on the day.” The Hunger Project is a non-profit global and strategic organisation that is committed to paving the way to the sustainable end of world hunger. They work in more than 20,000 villages across 11 countries of South Asia, SubSaharan Africa and Latin America. Their work reaches the lives of an estimated 24 million people, primarily through 385,000 trained volunteer leaders.
Running for brighter futures On Sunday 12th May, Andrew Boulton and Graeme Bryant from Hilton Sheffield, woke up early, put on their orange Hilton in the Community Foundation running vests and completed the Sheffield half marathon. The Sheffield half Marathon was the first of four half marathons that they will be completing to raise fund for Hilton in the Community Foundation. HCF would like to congratulate and thank Andrew and Graeme for supporting the Foundation in the challenge and wish them the best of the luck the next three half marathons.
Completing the toughest race on earth
In April, Patrick Carroll from Hilton Liverpool participated in the 2012 Marathon Des Sables. Known as “the toughest race on Earth”, it is a gruelling six day, 251 km ultramarathon which is the equivalent of six regular marathons. To top it all off, it is held in the Sahara desert, in Morocco. Patrick Carroll ran the Marathon in aid of Hilton in the Community Foundation and raised £1,326 through sponsors from friends, family and colleagues.
With the race being fully self sufficient, all food and drink required for the six days had to be carried throughout the duration of the run and with days spent running through the desert and over sand dunes in 120 degree heat, the end of each day was spent sleeping in bivouacs nursing sore muscles and endless amounts of blisters. But Patrick was well prepared for his mega-run by having an extensive training schedule where he would run between 70 and 100 miles per week including running at least 2-3 full marathons a month. Patrick, who has qualified to represent Great Britain in the Triathlon European Championships in Turkey in June this year, commented on the race:
“It went as well as it could have, but it was tougher, hotter and more hilly than I ever imagined. The race challenged me beyond expectation and I loved it.” Congratulations to Patrick for completing such a tough race. Above: Patrick running the Marathon Des Sables. Left: Patrick at the finish line Picture credit: Cimbaly/e Sampers © MDS2013
Above: (Left to right) Karel Hostalek, Krystof Smejkal, Linda Nemeth and Peter Luhan celebrate after completing the Volkswagen Marathon. Below: Peter Luhan crossing the finish line.
Helping children with Cystic Fibrosis On May 11th - 12th, the Volkswagen Marathon took place in the historical heart of Prague city. This year, four Team Members from Hilton Prague participated in the marathon. Peter Luhan, Karel Hostalek and Krystof Smejkal ran the full marathon and Linda Nemeth ran the 4.2km mini marathon. This year Peter Luhan decided to not only run for HCF, but also run for the Cystic Fibrosis Club, an organisation that supports children that are currently living with cystic fibrosis. The organisation was also Hilton Prague’s charity partner for 2012. After completing the marathon, Peter spoke of his reasons behind running in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Club. He said:
“I wanted my marathon run to mean more. I have been running the marathon since 2005 and I decided to run for the Cystic Fibrosis Club because my wife has Cystic Fibrosis, so I know that it can really affect a person’s life.” This year was a particularly successful marathon for Peter who was able to beat his personal best and completed the full marathon in 2 hours and 47 minutes. Well done and congratulations to all that took part.
Hilton Bremen’s generous farewell May 31st was Hilton Bremen’s last day as a Hilton hotel, but before it shuts its doors, Team Members from the hotel handed over their remaining fundraising balance of €1,600 to Stiftung Martinshof. Stiftung Martinshof works hard to fund educational projects, science and projects that will benefit disabled and disadvantaged people. In the past three years, Hilton Bremen has supported the local community by raising over €16,600 for grants that can help the local community including Die Arche Christiliches Kinder - und Jugendwerk e.V, the Hunger Project and Special Olympics Deutschland e.V.
Photo: Hilton Bremen’s General Manager, Bernhard Zuendel, hands a cheque to Wilfried Hautop of Stiftung Martinshof
Hilton Bremen will be missed by Hilton in the Community Foundation, and we would all like to thank all of their Team Members for their support and wish them the best of luck for the future.
Supporting homeless young people Every 3 months Hilton Bracknell’s Head Chef, David, and General Manager, Malcolm, go over to Step by Step in Aldershot and give them a cookery demonstration as they have a very limited range supplies that are donated to them that are often difficult to prepare meals with, so Malcolm and David showed them how to use the resource available to them to make various recipes and minimise food wastage. Following the hotel’s recent fundraising successes, the hotel was able to hand over a cheque for the value of £2,092 which will be used by the charity to purchase kitchen utensils so that it will be easier for the young people to prepare their meals. Step by Step is a homeless charity that supports children and young people aged 11 to 25, and they use a structured combination of services including accommodation, support, training and counselling to support those in need.
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Granting wishes of seriously ill young people
In May the Team Members and the Management of Hilton Budapest WestEnd helped to make a young person’s wish come true with the Magic Lamp Foundation – a charity that grants the wishes of seriously ill children. Csilla’s wish was to see her favourite Hungarian actress in a theatre performance and a personal meeting after the show. Her wish came true thanks to the Magic Lamp Foundation who arranged the special meeting giving the Csilla the chance to escape for a night from the hospital, enjoying the performance and meet with Ms Hernadi, one of the best known Hungarian actresses. Hilton Budapest WestEnd provided a complimentary night’s stay for Csilla and her mother who travelled from the countryside for this special occasion. Csilla really enjoyed being a VIP guest of the Hilton, sleeping in one the biggest suites and having a candlelit dinner in the Arrabona restaurant. “It was such a great experience after many years staying in different hospitals. Csilla could forget these sad days for a short period of time and could change it for happy memories.” Said Foundation Champion Agnes Huszar. The Magic Lamp Foundation really makes a difference to the lives of seriously ill children and the Hilton Budapest WestEnd was really proud to work together with the Foundation to help children’s wishes come true.
Csilla was very happy to meet Ms Hernandi
Revisiting the Mission For the past few months, Team Members from Hilton London Stansted Airport have been volunteering at the Whitechapel Mission on odd days to help cook breakfast and sort through clothes donations. Many disadvantaged people in the borough of Tower Hamlets depend on the services that the Mission provides, which can include a free breakfast between 6-10am and a change of clothes. Team Members from the hotel really enjoyed rolling up their sleeves in order to help the local community, and look forward to returning to help again in the future. The Whitechapel Mission is dedicated to providing a lifeline to men and women that are caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds. The Mission is open every day of the year and expects to see up to 300 homeless and vulnerable people every day. Team Members helped out in the kitchen to prepare breakfast and sort through donated clothes
Helping local children and young people On 14th May, the team at Hilton Cobham welcomed some special guests from their charity partner the Peterson’s Fund. Maia Franklin, who is 4 ½ years old and has Angelman Syndrome, attended the hotel with her parents Julie and Ray. Due to her condition, Maia has severe speech and language difficulties, learning difficulties, balance and co-ordination problems, severe sleep issues and quite a few other problems. She is however at the milder end of the Angelman spectrum. The Peterson’s Fund for Children, which supports children across the county of Surrey, has supported Maia for a number of years and helped provide access into the garden at her home, so that she can go in and out of the house safely, as well as a lovely, safe play area. Thanks to fundraising by team members at the hotel during the year, a cheque for £500 was donated to the Peterson Fund and accepted by their representative and founder of the charity, Charlene Peterson. The work of the charity came to the Foundation’s attention through a team member from the Food & Beverage department, Nicky Capstick. If you know of a local charity that helps disadvantaged, vulnerable or sick children and young people, please alert your Community Champion. The team at Hilton Cobham also helped out a local project by presenting it with £500 from its fundraising for the Foundation in 2012. This was given to The Surrey Cares Trust for its Swingbridge boats project. Champion Deborah Richards explained:
“The Swingbridge boats are an outdoor classroom, providing an alternative way for young people to learn new skills. They often find the idea of Swingbridge novel but exciting. The combination of this new experience, the outdoors setting, fresh air and physical, practical activities makes Swingbridge a positive environment for building a young person’s confidence and enthusiasm”. On Monday 13th May, Ruth Mitchell from the hotel’s Conference and Events team went along to the Surrey Care Trust to present the cheque. Ruth took park in a two-hour canal trip which the young boys were completing the final part of a crew qualification.
Racing pigs bring home the charity bacon Hilton Swindon got creative this month to raise funds for Hilton in the Community Foundation and The Amber Foundation. On Thursday 2nd May the hotel held a race night with a difference – pig racing! But this was not your regular pig racing affair. Using battery operated fluffy pigs, attendees placed bets on the fluffy pig which they thought had the best odds at winning. The Race Night was a big hit with guests and the evening raised over £200. Donations from local Wiltshire-based companies contributed to the final fundraising total and Hilton Swindon would like to thank Marshall’s Bakery, Arkell’s Brewery, Helen Browning Organics and Chillies Indian Cuisine Restaurant. In addition to fluffy pig racing the hotel’s bake-off continues, and last week saw the Front Office Team take part in the challenge and baking some very delicious treats for the team to enjoy.
Helping to improve the skills of young people Philippa Redwood from Hilton Avisford Park visited Fethneys Residential Home to hand over a cheque for £1,000. After being given a tour of the home the team talked enthusiastically about how the money will help to fund a new garden with raised beds and vegetable trugs to allow the people living at the home to enjoy and learn new skills of gardening and horticulture. Fethneys is home to young adults with physical disabilities, who wish to develop and enhance their life skills to enable them to live as independently as possible. The young people stay for two years and have a wide variety of interests. This project will further enhance service delivery, and promote independence in gardening, food, nutrition and healthy eating. Fethney’s Service Manager, Robert Hambroook said:
“We are grateful for the support of Hilton Avisford Park and look forward to developing the project over the coming months.”
Achieving heights of success Through its funding of innovative and engaging education programmes, Hilton in the Community Foundation seeks to enable young people to fulfil their potential and achieve their ambitions. One of our partners since 2009 is Cricket for Change, a charity based in South London that works across the city with disadvantaged and disabled young people.
In 2012 Hilton in the Community Foundation awarded Cricket for Change a £6,000 grant which was used to help fund 16 young people not in education employment or training (NEETs) who have various disabilities to enrol on a two-year apprenticeship and leadership project called ‘Hit the Top’. The programme, also supported in 2009, is designed to unlock the enthusiasm and potential of young people by using cricket, giving them the chance to become the next generation of coaches and sports development officers. By using and channelling their own experiences and determination they can help transform the lives of others.
Case Study: Ryan, 18 Ryan is a visually impaired England international cricketer who first came into contact with the charity at the age of 12. Ryan initially went to a mainstream school but was let down by the lack of understanding of who he was and his circumstances. Ryan is a talented all round sportsman but it is through cricket that he has shown his desire, passion, expertise and inspiration in helping to transform the lives of other young people. Whilst juggling his time studying, he spends a lot of his spare time volunteering and has a great future as an inspirational cricket coach. Ryan is always thinking of others and back in 2010, he worked hard to raise money to go on a Visually Impaired cricket tour to Jamaica, not only for himself but for other team mates who could not afford to go. He has just returned from another tour to Barbados, where he spoke to a large audience of dignitaries at a reception in the British High Commission. Ryan regularly shares his experiences with schools and youth clubs as a positive motivation and role model to many young people who face the similar challenges that Ryan has faced. He plays cricket for London Metros VI team and is a member of the England Blind Cricket Team Squad. In 2013, Ryan ran the London Marathon to raise money for another of HCF’s charity partners, CLIC Sargent. This followed the death of one of his close friends in 2012. Ryan says of the Apprenticeship Scheme, supported by HCF:
“Being a part of it created friendships, helped me maintain independence and gave a whole of lot of knowledge and basic skills about cricket that helps young people like me focus on something positive.”
80 pupils and teachers joined forces with HCF grantee, Drake Music and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform a concert that combines assistive music technology and traditional instruments. In 2012 HCF awarded Drake Music with a grant of £7,500 to fund the musical and IT equipment required for the big performance and future workshops.
Upcoming events for your diary Saturday 1 June Saturday 1 June Friday 7 June Sunday 9 June Friday 14 June Saturday 15 June Thursday 20 June Friday 21 June Saturday 22 June Thursday 27 June Thursday 27 June
Peddler’s Market, Hilton Basel International Kids Day Celebration, Hilton Sofia An Evening with Derek Paravicini and Friends, London Hilton on Park Lane Bed Race, Hilton Bristol Race Night, Hilton East Midlands Airport Around the World in a Day – at a hotel near you! Ball, Hilton London Canary Wharf Midsummer Night’s Dream Ball, Hilton Warwick Midsummer Ball, Hilton Brighton Metropole Procurement Golf Day, Hilton Worldwide - International Festival, Hilton Dresden
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