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

Edition 52 - March 2013

Champions unite for Workshop Friday 1st March saw the eighth annual Foundation Champions Workshop, hosted by The Waldorf Hilton. The workshop brought together our Champions from across Europe for a chance to network, hear about developments of the Foundation, as well as pick up some useful tips and tricks for organising events or delivering volunteering opportunities. The day was topped off by an awards ceremony which celebrated the tremendous hard work, imagination and support that the Champions galvanise daily in their hotels. Last year alone this resulted in £2.4 million being raised for the Foundation enabling us to create brighter futures for more than 103,000 young people, by providing them with training, equipment, support and opportunities. During the event, Deputy Chairman of the Trustees, Dame Maureen Thomas and fellow Trustee, William Differ presented awards across various categories to Champions and representatives from the hotels. Simon Vincent, Chairman of the Trustees and Area President EMEA, remarked: “The Champions are a real inspiration and personify the spirit of the Foundation. Well done to all our Award winners from 2012 and thank you to everybody who worked so hard to raise funds during the year. As we commence our activities in 2013 may I wish everybody good luck in their fundraising activities. Thank you for your time, effort and dedication, which is greatly appreciated.” HCF is generously supported by:


Creating brighter futures

The Champion Workshop, attended by 104 delegates from across Europe, was a day of celebration and inspiration. Thanks to presentations from three of our grantees, Cricket for Change, Body & Soul and Drake Music who spoke about how HCF’s support had positively impacted on the young people that they work with, our Champions saw first-hand the difference HCF can make. Our support to Cricket for Change has enabled young people with disabilities to achieve qualifications in sports coaching, building their own confidence in the process and providing them with employment. So much so that two graduates, Stefan and Daniel had the confidence and humour to present to our Champions, leading an interactive coaching session as part of their presentation. Our support to Body & Soul has provided support, security and a learning environment for young people with HIV or who suffer from the impact of the disease on a family member as they often face isolation and behavioural problems which translates into difficulties in school. Our support to Drake Music has enabled children with a disability to express themselves through the medium of music, using cutting edge technology to make music even if their movements are limited. All inspiring projects and just a snapshot of the impact HCF is having in local communities. In addition to these presentations there were many different training sessions organised throughout the day to help inspire and support the Champions, discussing ways to fundraise, motivate others and plan events. Director of Global Culture and Education at Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Terry Jenkins, who held a session at the Workshop said: “It was an honour to attend the Hilton in the Community Champions Meeting. Throughout the day, I was constantly inspired by the passion and commitment these Team Members have for serving others and making a difference in the world around them. These dedicated individuals demonstrate the heart of hospitality every single day as they engage and inspire their fellow Team Members to extend the light and warmth of hospitality into their local communities. I am so grateful for Hilton in the Community Foundation and the Champions in our hotels across UK and Europe – you are truly a beacon of grace, generosity and kindness that shines across the globe.” Steven, the Foundation Champion for Hilton Antwerp, found the Workshop inspiring and said, “It was really helpful and it was great hearing about all the different ideas that everyone had.”

The annual conference is was also helpful for new Champions. Elizabeth from Waldorf Astoria Syon Park said, “It gave me a great insight into what we want to achieve as Champions and also as a whole. I was able to hear some great ideas from other Champions.” We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our Champions for all of their hard work, energy and enthusiasm. They are the backbone of HCF and a true inspiration.

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Photo 1: Derya Tikansak collected the Community Involvement award on behalf of the Istanbul cluster of Hilton hotels. Photo 2: David Edwards collects the Hold the Front Page award on behalf of Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

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Photo 3: Foundation Champions enjoying their lunch before returning to more learning sessions. Photo 4: Karen Watts from Hilton Amsterdam was proud to collect multiple awards at the workshop. Photo 5: Fellow Champions give a standing ovation to Conrad Algarve & Hilton Vilamoura as their team engagement award is collected. Photo 6: Champions were encouraged to get to know fellow Champions and share stories. Photo 7: A table of champions discuss effective events planning. Photo 8: Champions assist Cricket for Change, an HCF grantee, who presented their work including this demonstration from their youth trainers, Stefan and Daniel. Photo 9: Mark Dixon & Nicola Young from Hilton Swindon are presented the Best Charity partnership award for their local partnership with the Amber Foundation. Photo 10: Marilyn Manderson received a Trustee’s Special Commendation award for her dedication to HCF over the years.

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Champion Awards Two awards are given in each category based on UK & Ireland and Continental Europe.

Around the World in a Day 2012 Excellence Award Hilton Croydon Around the World in a Day 2012 Excellence Award Hilton Austria cluster: Hilton Vienna Danube, Hilton Innsbruck, Hilton Vienna Plaza and Hilton Vienna Small Change, Big Difference 2012 Excellence Award The Trafalgar

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Small Change, Big Difference 2012 Excellence Award Hilton Athens Hold the Front Page Award 2012 Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hold the Front Page Award 2012 Hilton Milan Ducks for Change Award 2012 Hilton Manchester Deansgate

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Ducks for Change Award 2012 Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Community Involvement Award 2012 Hilton Blackpool Community Involvement Award 2012 Istanbul cluster: Hilton Istanbul, Conrad Istanbul and Hilton Park SA Istanbul Team Engagement Award 2012 Hilton Leeds City

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Team Engagement Award 2012 Conrad Algarve and Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa In-kind Support Award 2012 Hilton London Metropole In-kind Support Award 2012 Hilton Milan Best Charity Partnership Award 2012 Hilton Swindon

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Photo 1: Gloria Prescod receives the Around the World in a Day Excellence Award for Hilton Croydon. Photo 2: Ahmad Hussain & Alina Orth collect the Small Change Big Difference 2012 Excellence Award for The Trafalgar. Photo 3: Ducks for Change 2012 Award winner, Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol collected by Desi Janson. Photo 4: Begona Campoy accepts the Team Engagement Award for Conrad Algarve and Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa. Photo 5: Richard Wiltshire collects the Most Improved Fundraiser award for Hilton Bath City, Photo 6: Johanna Jany picks up the Around the World in a Day Excellence Award for the Hilton Austria Cluster. Photo 7: Most Improved Fundraiser 2012 award for Hilton Lyon is collected by GaĂŤlle Vanaudenhove. Photo 8: Jolanda Kappa collects the Hold the Front Page Award for Hilton Milan. Photo 9:Tijen Vermeulen is presented with the Most Profitable Fundraising Event Award for Hilton Amsterdam. Photo 10: Karen Oldroyd collects the Community Involvement 2012 Award for Hilton Blackppool. Photo 11: Gillian Alexander collects the Top fundraiser 2012 Award for Maple Court. Photo 12: Annett Schultz collects the In-kind Support Award winner for Hilton London Metropole.

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* Two awards given in each categroy based on UK & Ireland and Continental Europe.

Best Charity Partnership Award 2012 Hilton Prague and Hilton Prague Old Town Most Improved Fundraiser 2012 Hilton Bath City Most Improved Fundraiser 2012 Hilton Lyon 1

Most Profitable Fundraising Event Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Most Profitable Fundraising Event Hilton Amsterdam Best Newcomer Award Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly Best Newcomer Award Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Top Fundraiser 2012 UK & Ireland Maple Court 2nd Place UK & Ireland Hilton Blackpool

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3rd Place UK & Ireland Hilton Avisford Park Top Fundraising Hotel 2012 – Continental Europe Hilton Amsterdam 2nd Place Continental Europe Hilton Copenhagen Airport 3rd Place Continental Europe Hilton Nuremberg Trustees’ Special Commendation Awards 2012: Marilyn Manderson Fred Sirieix Hilton Supply Management Division Hilton Nuremberg Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre Hilton Bremen

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Photo 1: Philippa Redwood collects the Third Place in Fundraising award for UK & Ireland award for Hilton Avisford Park. Photo 2: Pernille Lehm collects the Second Place in Fundraising award for Continental Europe award for Hilton Copenhagen Airport. Photo 3: Bartosz Gromulski collects the Trustee’s Special Commendation Award for Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre.

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Creating opportunities for disabled young people

In summer 2012 a grant of £6,500 was made by HCF to a small charity called Fly Cup Catering in Inverurie, near Aberdeen. The charity runs a café, where 30 young people aged 18-24 with learning disabilities are trained each year in food preparation and service skills. The grant was made specifically for new facilities and equipment in the training kitchen, including a new cash till. Calum Ross, AGM for Hilton Central Scotland and the Republic of Ireland and member of the HCF Grants Committee, visited the project at the time the grant was being assessed. He said: “The trainees have a range of different learning difficulties from one young girl who is profoundly deaf through to some who have Down Syndrome. Fly Cup has had a number of trainees who have gone on to enter permanent employment, although they report that this is becoming more difficult given the current financial crisis. I met with two trainees who had nothing but positive things to say about their time with Fly Cup Catering.” Top Left: Mark Baird with his completed ratatouille. Top right: Trainees Kirsty Matheson and Rachel Marr with Alex Salmond at Fly Cup Catering’s opening ceremony. Left: Young people with learning difficulties are trained by Fly Cup Catering in food preparation and service.

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Hilton Northern Ireland dishes out 10K in giveaway Our colleagues in Northern Ireland, Hilton Belfast & Hilton Templepatrick, teamed up with media partner “The Sunday Life” to give local charities a slice of £10,000 in their annual “Charity Giveaway”. Almost 100 entrants were received and the judging panel had a hard task ahead of them to select the winners. Seven charities were invited to a Hilton Supper event hosted by Mark Walker, Area GM, where charity representatives and children from their projects were invited to attend. Members of the business community and some sponsors who supported the hotels’ fundraising events were also invited to see what the Foundation’s money goes to support.The seven charities understood they were finalists and

thought there would only be one winner, and were thrilled and emotional when they were informed that they were all winners. Mark Walker said:

“It was very touching to see how emotional these charities were in receiving the amounts they requested in the Giveaway and makes the fundraising really worthwhile. These charities came from all parts of Northern Ireland and across the community divide and we hope to re run the Giveaway again later this year, just in time for

Left to right: Paula Collins, Hotel Manager Templepatrick; Geoffrey Kissock, Kinship Care; Louise Wallace, Early Years Community Centre; Joan Henderson, SOLAS; Anna Hunt, Action For Children; Nicola Finnegan, Downe Syndrome Association; Katrina Newell, New Lodge Arts; Joy Brown, Longstone Riding for the Disabled and Mark Walker, Area GM ,Hilton Northern Ireland with Martin Breen, Editor, Sunday Life

Flipping pancakes for the local community What better way to celebrate Pancake Day than by raising money? We have to agree with two Dublin hotels, who decided to use Shrove Tuesday as a way of giving back to their local community. Hilton Dublin and Conrad Dublin offered free pancakes and coffee to commuters in exchange for a donation to our local charity partner Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice. Executive Chef Gareth Carberry even showed off his flipping skills to draw guests inside!

Executive Chef, Gareth Carberry helped to fundraise by cooking and flipping pancakes.

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Thanks to this initiative, the hotels raised a staggering €800 in aid of Laura Lynn – flipping marvellous!

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Reaching young people who need our help Following a central grant from HCF of £10,000 to the Meningitis Trust in October 2012, enabled by your fundraising efforts, the charity has already made 22 financial support grants to directly support children and young people with lifeenhancing pieces of equipment and educational needs as a result of meningitis. The grants awarded include: two courses of Auditory Verbal Therapy, a special needs tricycle, a special needs buggy, three courses of swimming lessons, a course of horse riding lessons, three PCs, a touch screen computer, six iPads, a specialist bed, a customised chair, music equipment, a specialist bath, tuition fees, a specialist grip frame/walking aid and a bubble tube sensory toy.

Case study: Timothy, 15 Timothy had barely reached his first birthday, when he was struck down with pneumococcal meningitis. He was left with a long list of complex and debilitating after-effects, including brain damage, learning difficulties, sight impairment and severe, uncontrolled epilepsy. These after-effects have had a massive impact on Timothy’s life. 14 years on, Timothy struggles daily with feelings of frustration and extreme anger. Keeping his emotions under control can be extremely difficult and after being at school all day, Timothy can get really tired. His difficulties within social settings restrict his interests and life significantly. However, the one thing that Timothy really does love, and helps to keep him calm, is making his own home movies. Timothy’s family applied to the Meningitis Trust in October for a grant to cover the costs of buying Timothy a new computer with special video editing software. The family was awarded a grant which paid for £1,288.54 in computing equipment for Timothy. He is thrilled that his new computer is allowing him to design new movies and he can now also play his favourite computer games he has always enjoyed, on a better quality system. Tim emailed to say: “I love the computer! I got a new program called FWsim. The program is used for the videos I make. I can export a 5 mins video in just 10 mins, before it took 24 hr. On my Sims I can do pretty much anything I like. On one of my trains Sims called Railworks I can drive on London to Brighton route all the way, but before I’d get to Clapham Junction and the computer would give up the will to run. I got all my games on the highest graphics. My older brother Kristofer wants it in his room but I say “NO, IT’S MINE!”, Thank you so much.” Laura Williams from Meningitis Trust said: “Thank you to Hilton in the Community Foundation and all its supporters for making it possible to fund these wonderful grants for children and young people who have been left to face the toughest of life’s challenges.”

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Simon Sheehan and Louise James from HCF meet HRH The Princess Royal at a special Livability reception to launch the ‘Let Me Work’ campaign

Livability launches ‘Let Me Work’ campaign

On Thursday 14th February HCF Director Simon Sheehan and Grants Manager Louise James were guests of Livability at a reception at the House of Lords in Westminster. During the event they were fortunate to be introduced to HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, who is an active patron of the charity. Livability, which was created from a merger of John Grooms and Shaftesbury charities, supports and campaigns for people with disabilities in the UK. Valentine’s Day saw the launch of a new campaign called ‘Let Me Work,’ which seeks to improve access to work experience and paid employment for young people with disabilities. There are 5.2 million disabled people in the UK but despite the fact that many of them are ready and willing to work, only 46.3% of disabled people are in employment compared with 76.2% of able-bodied people. As part of ‘Let Me Work,’ Livability is approaching employers to open the doors to their business and give a disabled person the opportunity for work experience. To see a short video about the campaign please click here. ‘Let Me Work’ aligns with various initiatives undertaken by Hilton. As well as centralised recruitment processes, the hotels work with local charity partners such as Queen Elizabeth Foundation at Hilton Cobham, Progress Recruitment at Hilton Blackpool, to provide work placements and paid roles for people with disabilities. HCF is partnering with Livability for the 2013 London Marathon, with 14 runners busy training and raising funds for the cause. A further four Hilton runners are taking part for HCF and its partner Outward Bound. HRH The Princess Royal was impressed to hear about the Marathon partnership and how Hilton employees are making a difference through the Foundation.

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Hilton York: MACS

Hilton York hosted a Christmas party for the charity MACS in December. MACS supports children born without and under developed eyes and provides a lifeline of support for the children born with these conditions, along with their parents, siblings and extended families. Hilton in the Community Foundation awarded them a grant to fund a sailing trip for some of the teenage children in the summer. The charity was greatly appreciative. Jenna Goodridge from Hilton York showed a genuine interest in this group throughout the booking process. She took the time to find out more about the charity, offered the group Braille menus and was also present on the day to offer a warm

welcome to the group.

The children from MACS, their parents and siblings enjoyed a wonderful Christmas lunch whilst a children’s entertainer kept all of the little ones amused. The resident Hilton Santa paid a special visit to the children to hand out Christmas presents and the group even had a visit from MACS the monkey, the charity’s very own mascot. Some of the guests that travelled a distance to the party stayed at the brand new Hampton by Hilton York, thanks to Jenna’s recommendation. One guest said: “Thank you to Jenna and the team at the Hilton York for a wonderful Christmas

Jenna and Angharad with MACS the monkey

party and thanks to the Hilton in the Community for MACS Grant, it means a lot to us!”

Hilton Athens’ big difference At a lunch with charity representatives in February, Hilton Athens handed over a presentation cheque for €2,916 from their participation in the

Foundation’s Small Change, Big Difference campaign, which annually runs from 1st October to 31st December. The hotel raised funds for To Chamogelo Tou

Paidiou (The Smile of the Child). The charity’s main mission is to defend children’s rights, providing services to children on a 24-hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a yearbasis, working for their physical, mental, and psychological stability. Services include a national SOS helpline for children, Amber alerts, as well as supporting community activities and children in hospital. During lunch, the president of the charity expressed his gratitude and confirmed his intention to have Hilton Athens as a preferred partner for future projects. Photo (left to right): Bart Van de Winkel, General Manager, and Kostas Giannopoulos, President of To Chamogelo Tou Paidiou.

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Galvin’s Chance 2012-13 Galvin’s Chance, now in its fifth year, is our into-work programme delivered in partnership with The Springboard Charity and a range of 30 employers including Galvin Restaurants, Hilton Worldwide, The Ritz, Wabi, Park Plaza and many more. From 2013, Lifetime Training will be delivering apprenticeship opportunities to the young people to complete an NVQ Level II alongside their paid employment. Below, Angel shares updates of his progress so far.

Angel, 24 Angel is 24 years old and lives in Middlesex. He works at Galvin at Windows at the top of London Hilton on Park Lane, where he started in mid-November 2012. Angel is being trained as a waiter in the Michelin-starred restaurant and is currently a runner, supporting the back of house and service team. Angel heard of Galvin’s Chance through his probation officer. He had been job searching for a while but was unable to find anything stable. Angel had some prior experience including working in restaurantclub in Fulham and a bar in Kingston as well as Timpsons key-cutting service and working as a cleaner. “When I attended the interview for the Galvin’s Chance programme, everyone was very welcoming. I didn’t know exactly what placement or job I would end up with so I just came along and did my best and was really pleased to get onto the programme. I was looking for a chance, and this was it.” Following completion of the two-week preemployment training course, offered to all Galvin’s Chance candidates, a two-week work placement was offered at Galvin at Windows. Angel excelled and was offered an ongoing paid role in the team from December.

Angel (right) and Greta (left) from Galvin’s Chance learn to make a mojito.

“I have a lot on and I’m learning a lot. Because I started just before Christmas I was thrown in the deep end and had to quickly learn. Since then although the restaurant is busy I have a bit more time to be trained. Everyone is very helpful to me, although there are a lot of demands too! The pressure in the back of house is unbelievable, and then you have to come out on the floor and be calm and present your best face to the customer. It can be a challenge.” Angel is contracted for 40 hours a week. He finds travel to and from Middlesex into central London a challenge sometimes. But Angel says: “It is worth it. I’ve realised there are lots of opportunities out there and it’s really opened my eyes. It’s not just me – I know that Galvin’s Chance has helped lots of us. I keep in touch with George and Greta [two other young people on the programme currently employed at The Ritz and at Intercontinental]. My friends at home are really happy for me and proud – they know what I’ve been through in the past.” In the future Angel is keen to stay for as long as possible in his current employment, learning and developing while he gets his life back on track. “I’ll do my best – that’s all I can do!”

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Getting quizzical at Hilton Swindon Hilton Swindon raised a fantastic £255.00 with Let’s Get Quizzical in continuation of their highly successful quiz nights.The winning team very generously re-donated their cash prize win of £50.00. The hotel has also started on their epic Inter-Departmental Bake Off – we can’t wait to see what delicious cakes are baked in aid of HCF! The quiz raised £255 for HCF

Seychelles children to be helped following tropical cyclone Felleng Following the devastating Tropical Cyclone ‘Felleng’ which hit the South Indian Ocean and the Seychelles islands on 27th and 28th January, a grant of US $20,000 was made on behalf of Hilton Worldwide and Hilton in the Community Foundation. This donation to the Seychelles National Disaster Relief Fund, representing more than 25% of the appeal target, will be used by the Fund for various relief projects

at four schools and day care centres in areas most affected. The districts lying on the eastern coasts of Mahé, including Pointe Larue, Au Cap, Anse Aux Pins and Cascade were the worst hit, with severe floods and landslides devastating these districts. Assessments indicate that approximately 1,000 families have been affected, with 165 displaced and vulnerable families staying in temporary accommodation centres.

There are three hotels making up the local cluster: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa and Doubletree by Hilton Seychelles Allamanda Resort & Spa. Claus Steiner, Cluster General Manager, said: “Thank you to all involved, Hilton’s efforts have been very much appreciated by the Government and by the Minister for Tourism.” On 21st February, at the Minister for Tourism office, Claus Steiner, Cluster General Manager; Seychelles Hotels and Marc O. Schumacher, General Manager of Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, handed over the US$ 20.000 donation to Alan St. Ange, Seychelles Minister of Tourism, and Mrs. Lekha Nair, Chairperson of the National Disaster Relief Fund.

Beating winter blues with tasty muffins Cold February mornings call for a nice muffin and a coffee – and the team members at Hilton London Kensington were happy to oblige! The Blue Energy Committee organised a Muffin and Coffee sale in aid of HCF on 8 February, and team members from every department were eager to join in the action and support the Foundation. The initiative raised £50 in aid of HCF as well as making a lot of people happy on a Friday morning – many thanks to all involved!

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Gemma Eagle, Danielle Bishop and HCF’s Leri Price selling coffee and muffins

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Competing in the ultimate marathon for HCF From sweating it out at the gym to uncountable evening training sessions, it takes a lot of motivation and determination to prepare for a marathon. But when it comes to the ultimate physical and mentally challenging race, the Marathon Des Sables is in a league of its own. A gruelling challenge for even the most committed of marathon runners, the Marathon Des Sables sees participants run 150 miles over a period of six days across a variety of different terrains in the Sahara Desert. On top, the marathon has to be conquered by the runners carrying everything they will need for the duration of the race, with the exception of daily water rations and a tent they are given at the end of each day. We caught up with Patrick Carroll from Hilton Liverpool who will be participating in the 2013 Marathon Des Sables from the 4th of April to fundraise for HCF to wish him luck and find out what attracted him to this particular marathon. In preparation for the marathon, Patrick is already running 70 – 110 miles a week and 2 – 3 full marathons per month. He sees the race as a great challenge that he’s ready for. “I registered for the Marathon Des Sables four years ago. My mum wasn’t too happy when she found out that I was going to do this, but she knows what I’m like with these things. She couldn’t really stop me!” says Patrick. As a very active person, Patrick has already taken part in an Iron Man Triathlon and various other similar events. Patrick says: “I’ve participated in quite a few challenging triathlons. I’m always looking for a new challenge, so once I’ve got my mind set on it, I just go for it.” For many, a challenging element to any marathon is keeping motivated enough to either continue with training or to continue the race to the finish line, but in a race like the Marathon Des Sables where you are running in high temperatures with your belongings, it can prove even more difficult. In response to this, Patrick said “There’s not really much I can do training-wise to prepare myself for the heat of the Sahara desert, but I know that when I’m running in the marathon, the thought of reaching and crossing that finish line at the end will make me even more determined to reach the end of it.” As Patrick is training 6 days a week for the marathon, he hasn’t had much time to fundraise for the event, but to show him your support and wish him luck, click here to visit his Just Giving page. On 28th February, Team Members from Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen handed over a cheque to Stichting de Regenboogboom. The €2,103.40 presented was raised from the hotel’s participation in a local race, Dam tot Damloop 2012. Stichting de Regenboogboom tells stories to children which are seriously ill as a way to try to make them forget about their pain.

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Updates from around the region Hilton Brussels City wrapping festive cheer Hilton Brussels City had a busy December with plenty of volunteer opportunities and festive spirit.

found the time to prepare and serve homemade soup and sandwiches to help local homeless people.

During December, the hotel undertook a “Shoe Boxes” project. Team Members filled shoe boxes with non-perishable goods and put them in beautifully wrapped shoe boxes. The aim was to help homeless young people in Brussels, bringing them joy during the festive period.

The hotel’s activities brought to close a wonderful year and we know that the hotel is looking forward to continue supporting those most in need in their local community in 2013.

Team Members also volunteered with Les Petites Soeurs des Pauvres. The charity owns four homes for elderly people with limited resources in Belgium. Team Members served a lunch for residents and non-residents. Hilton Brussels City also gave food to the Make A Wish Foundation, which helps realize the dreams of children that are sick or disadvantaged. The hotel’s school partner, Vatel, delivered the hotel’s generous donations. Team Members also

Spirit of Blue Energy award Philippa Redwood, Foundation Champion and PA to the GM, Hilton Avisford Park, Arundel, received the January Spirit of Blue Energy Award in the Community Category from Hilton Hotel & Resorts. The Spirit Award is the highest form of Team Member recognition that Hilton Hotel & Resorts offers. It recognises the top performers who impact guests, Team Members, the hotel, or community on a monthly basis. Philippa said: “During the time that I have been the Foundation and Blue Energy Community

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Representative the number and variety of projects we have been involved with has greatly increased and it has been wonderful to be able to help support these differing causes. We have also introduced a wider sector of the local community to the hotel and increased awareness of our commitment to making an improvement to people’s lives. It is very rewarding to see the results of our efforts really making a difference.”

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On 15th February, Hilton Bonn and Hilton Cologne hosted a charity Wheel of Fortune activity at their annual staff party. This year, the motto was “Casino Royale.” An extraordinary buffet was complemented by Black Jack and Roulette tables hosted by professional croupiers. Team Members could win fabulous prizes with the Charity Wheel of Fortune. By hitting the jackpot, Team Members could win prizes ranging from Hilton base caps, to bottles of wine, an iPhone docking station, various hotel vouchers and much more. As each spin asked Team Members to donate €1, the hotels were able to raise a total of €645. The amount was split in half and was donated to both hotels’ local charity partners. The money raised was given to Dr. Ehmann Kinderhaus, an organisation that operates three houses in the Bonn region, where disabled children can live and are taken care of.

C&E Sales Manager Franziska Bartonitschek spinning the wheel of fortune

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Celebrating Chinese New Year

Revellers at the Chinese New Year celebration enjoyed dressing in chinese themed clothing for the event, which also featured entertainment with a traditional Lion Dance.

Hilton London Metropole re-affirmed their commitment to their local and global community on 19th February with a dazzling celebration of Chinese New Year held in aid of Hilton in the Community Foundation and Children with Cancer. Guests were greeted with cocktails before being ushered into the King Suite was been decorated with lanterns donated especially for the occasion. After a short speech from each charity, a sumptuous three-course banquet followed. The superb entertainment was kept traditional with a superlative performance on the piano. By general agreement, the highlight of the evening was a spectacular show of the traditional Lion Dance. Talented performers appeared twice throughout the evening and far from terrifying the guests, the playful Lion was happy to dance and pose for pictures with them. As well as the entertainment, a calligrapher was on hand throughout the evening to provide beautiful samples of Chinese calligraphy for guests to take away. The evening concluded with a raffle and a heartfelt thank you to everyone present for their generosity. Thanks to the hard work put in by Foundation Champions Ehud Keisary and Annett Schultz and all the team at Hilton London Metropole, the hotel raised over £1,500 for HCF and CWC. A huge ‘xie xie’ to the team for such a spectacular evening!

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More than money: in-Kind support Hilton Birmingham Bromsgrove has implemented two programmes of in-kind support this year. The hotel has donated the hotel’s old mattress toppers to Newstarts, a Christian community project which provides practical help to people on very low incomes and others in financial crisis, especially recently homeless people, so that they can make a fresh start in a new home. The hotels also regularly donate toiletries to MAGS, a homeless charity which provides facilities for homeless men. Building on previous years, Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House is continuing with its successful campaign of in-kind donations. For the past couple of years, every quarter all unclaimed lost property is donated to MIND to be used as the charity sees best.

Istanbul Cluster raises €10,958 Conrad Istanbul, Hilton Istanbul and Hilton Park SA Istanbul annually run a local version of the Foundation’s Small Change, Big Difference campaign from 1st August to 31st December. This year’s Turkish campaign raised €10,958 in support of the Turkish Red Crescent. On 21st February, the President of the Turkish Red Crescent and several other executives hosted Team Members for a lunch at the Marmara Regional Headquarters and thanked them for their support.

The hotels’ funds have for the past two years supported Red Crescent’s “bundle of love” red packs project, which are distributed to refugees. The hotels will continue the annual campaign in 2013, expecting to add additional support from Hilton Adana, Hilton Ankara, Hilton Izmir, Hilton Kayseri and Hilton Mersin. The 2013 campaign aims to support the Red Crescent’s local work building specialised classrooms for disabled children.

Photo (left to right): Armin Zerunyan, Country General Manager for full service hotels in Turkey, and Ahmet Lütfi Akar, President of the Turkish Red Crescent at the cheque presentation

The road to Kenya in aid of Nyumbani Scotland Cath Baxter of Hilton Grand Vacations Hilton Coylumbridge will soon be making her way to Kenya in aid of Nyumbani Scotland, a Scottish charity which supports an orphanage caring for children who have lost family members to AIDS. She will be taking part in general maintenance and refurbishments of the orphanage, which is in its twentieth year and which provides a home, food and schooling for the children until they are 18.

Glasgow’s challenges Following on from last year’s successful cycle, Richard Sims of Hilton Glasgow has embarked on his next adventure - organising a cycle challenge from London to Glasgow. The twist this time is that Richard and his team will each be completing the full 420 miles in 30 hours! The Chief Executive of Scottish Cycling, Craig Burn, has supported the team by organising a shoot at the new Chris Hoy Velodrome, which will have helped to boost the event’s profile considerably. Not to be outdone, Night Manager Jamie Wilson will be undertaking a Grade 5 Kayak challenge in March which will be covered by the BBC. Both challenges are being held in aid of HCF and HOPE for Autism, a fantastic initiative which supports children with autism and their parents in the North Lanarkshire area, where Jamie and Assistant Health Club Manager Suzi Gray already volunteer once a week.. If anyone would like to support either of these events please contact Richard Sims at Hilton Glasgow.

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A novel way to raise funds Hilton London Docklands has come up with a ‘novel’ way of raising funds for HCF – by opening a library in the hotel! The library opened on 7 February, and book-loving guests can pay £1 a time to borrow a title. At present there are 50 books available but the hotel is able to accommodate more – so please feel free to send in any books to the hotel! As Champion Sandra Coehlo says: “We can make the difference!” Far left: General Manager Ashley Cole, Champion Sandra Coehlo, Head of HSK Ane-Marie Ionita, Left: The new library at Hilton London Docklands.

Helping young people to help others Hilton Avisford Park, Arundel sponsored their local Sixth Form College as they embarked on a trip to Nakuru, Kenya last summer, providing funds for them to take out stationery items, sports equipment and essential toiletries as well as providing Foundation t-shirts for the students to wear. The hotel has continued to support the schools by donating clothing and stationery items and hope that we will have a continued relationship with the local college and schools in Nakuru by doing additional fundraising and collections in the future. to view a video of the students’ visit to Nakuru, click here.

Hilton Dundee helps seven local charities Hilton Dundee/St Andrew’s Coast organised a cheque presentation for its 2012 grant balance on 25th February by inviting representatives from each of its nominated charity partners for tea and biscuits – and a large cheque! The seven charities – Carnoustie Dream Catchers, Errol After School Club, Tayside Children with Cancer & Leukaemia, 46th Angus Scout Group, Grey Lodge Settlement, Youth Link (Dundee) and Young Carers Project Dundee – each received £594.71, a fitting end to all of Hilton Dundee’s fundraising for HCF.

Errol After School Club (left) and Carnoustie Dream Catchers (right) both receieved a cheque for £594.71 along with five other charities.

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Hilton Milan holds a carnival themed party filled with fun

On 16th February, Team Members at Hilton Milan planned a fantastic carnival party, inviting children from their charity partner Farsi Prossimo Onlus. The association provides shelter to women and children who are refugees. The organisation also provides the women with the opportunity to learn new skills and be employed by running an ethnic catering company called “Mama’s Food.”

Left: Children were treated to cupcakes at the party. Right: the party was a big hit with the children.

Fame at last!

When the organiser of the North West’s biggest cycle ride were looking for inspiration, they looked no further than our own North region bike riders. The 2012 Around the World d in a Day North Region Bike Riders are featured on the 2013 posters for the North West’s biggest annual charity cycle ride. Team members from Hilton Leeds City, Hilton Sheffield, Hilton Manchester Airport, Hilton Blackpool, Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Piccadillly and Hilton Bradford took part.

Best foot forward for JP Morgan Chase Race Team members from Maple Court are signing up for the 2013 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge which will take place on Thursday 11th July. The Corporate Challenge is London’s most popular corporate road race, with the 2012 event hosting a sold-out crowd of 26,000 total participants from 595 companies. Last year, Rebecca Riley, Antonia Schoeneich, Zoe Kennedy and Melanie Evans from the Compensation and Benefits Division made up a team of four. Rebecca says: “The atmosphere at the event is electric and you do not have to be ‘a runner’ to take part. I personally started running specifically for this event and now run on a regular basis. Two of the team who ran the race last year have since run ½ marathons and one is even signed up for the London Marathon. If nothing else, the pizza, crisps and cold beer you have post race is the best you’ll ever taste!”

Pictured sporting their HCF t-shirts L-R: Antonia Schoeneich, Rebecca Riley, Zoe Kennedy and Melanie Evans

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Click here to visit their Justgiving pages. Funds raised will go through HCF, with 50% going to our central grants programme and 50% to support the work of Cancer Research UK, particularly supporting children and young people with cancer and their families.

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Team Members from the Vienna cluster of hotels enjoyed the Team Member Kick- Off Party hosted by Hilton Vienna

Team members’ Kick-Off Party is a big hit On 10th January, Hilton Vienna was delighted to host the annual Team Member Kick-Off Party. All Team Members from the Vienna cluster of hotels were invited to join an evening full of fun, music and entertainment. Special act was the very famous Austrian band “Grubertaler,” who heated up the atmosphere. The entire crowd was dancing to famous Schlager music, singing aloud. A special highlight was our Charity Tombola, were everybody was able purchase a lottery ticket to win spectacular prices such as brunches and lunches at various venues or overnight-stays in cities like Sofia, Berlin and London. With the amazing help of the entire team, the tombola raised more than €2,050, which will be donated to the hotels’ charity partners Debra Austria, which helps children living with Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare skin condition and Sterntalerhof.

Showcasing great talent makes for successful fundraising Hilton Blackpool organised two large events in less than a week – raising over £5,500.

and their proud families and friends filled the Opera House in the famous Winter Gardens to watch.

Donna’s Dream House Ball was held on 9th February at Hilton Blackpool.

There was a whole feast of talent on offer, from the opening cornet solo of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez to the closing number where all 700 performers re-united to perform Gary Barlow’s Sing.

In addition to the Ball, the following Tuesday Hilton Blackpool held their annual Schools Music Festival. Over 700 children aged 4 to 18 from 30 local schools performed,

classics re-scored for eucalalie orchestra, and the music ranged from gospel to covers of Lady Gaga and Nicky Minaj.

Among the stand out performances were a UV lit performance of ‘Hello’, a Sound of Music medley, and rock

Sharing the love London Hilton on Park Lane turns the big Five-Oh this year and as part of their commitment to complete at least ’50 good deeds’, they raised £225 for Hilton in the Community Foundation in an event called ‘Sharing the Love’. The Valentine’s event sold raffle tickets for a range of fantastic prizes such donated prizes such as a weekend nights stay at the London Waldorf or Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House. Team members also donated to a tabletop sale in the canteen.

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Football team Maidstone United Raiders have been supported by Hilton Maidstone, who raised and donated £1,091 to the club for their pan-disability football sessions. Main picture shows Hilton Maidstone General Manager Leonardo Gagliano presents the grant to John Harvey, Chairman of Maidstone Unitd Football Community Trust. The Trust has benefited from £6,589 from fundraising by the team at Hilton Maidstone since 2009 for its sports programmes for young people with disabilities. Picture 2 shows the Raiders proud team photo.

Upcoming events for your diary Friday, 8th March

Women’s Day at Hilton Milan

Friday, 22nd March

Race Night at Hilton London Heathrow Airport

Saturday, 23rd March

Spring Fling at Hilton Avisford Park, Arundel

Saturday, 23rd March

Charity Dinner at Hilton Rotterdam

Monday, 1st April

Charity Gala Dinner at Hilton Strasbourg

Saturday, 11th May

Panathlon Ball at Hilton London Stansted Airport

Saturday, 15th June

Around the World in a Day (Europe-wide)

Friday, 21st June

Midsummer Night’s Dream Ball at Hilton Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon

Saturday, 22nd June

Foundation Ball at Hilton Brighton Metropole

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

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Highlights March 2013  

HCF's monthly newsletter.

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