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Edition 60 - November 2013

A night with the stars On 5th October, Hilton Manchester Deansgate held its seventh annual Star Ball, raising £50,000. All funds raised on the lavish evening will benefit Hilton in the Community Foundation and this year’s local charity partner, NSPCC. More than 450 guests flocked to the glittering event which included impressive performances by the cast of the hit musical, Wicked, solo artist Janette Monroe and 60’s R&B HCF is generously supported by:

group The Flirtations. The evening was hosted by TV star and patron of Hilton in the Community Foundation, Christopher Biggins. The evening also featured moving presentations from Hilton in the Community Foundation and the NSPCC. Christopher Biggins commented on the evening which will provide an incredible boost to both charities:

“The Star Ball was a fantastic evening and I was delighted to host the event. The money raised will go a very long way towards helping two very deserving charities transform the lives of children and young people across the Greater Manchester area.”

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Photos: Top left: Michael Josephson, NSPCC, Louise Stimson NSPCC Head of Region in the North West, Christopher Biggins, patron of Hilton in the Community Foundation and John McLaughlin General Manager, Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

A night with the stars Guests were drawn to the grand auction with a selection of fantastic prizes including a magical holiday to Hilton Grand Vacations Orlando and four tickets for the X Factor live show at Wembley Stadium. John McLaughlin, General Manager, Hilton Manchester Deansgate said:

“I’m delighted to say that our seventh annual Star Ball was a resounding success having raised an incredible amount of money for two very worthy causes. I’d like to personally thank all of our supporters who helped make the event so enjoyable - from the guest

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performers and celebrities, to local businesses and organisations which donated such wonderful auction prizes, as well as our brilliant team members, who worked tirelessly to make it such an unforgettable evening.” In addition to the star studded entertainment and amazing prizes on offer, guests also enjoyed a sparkling reception and a delicious four course meal, while the raffle and silent auction were taking place. Michael Josephson, NSPCC Patron & Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council, Divisional Vice President, said:

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“I was really excited to be involved with the Star Ball. It was a great evening with some fantastic entertainment. Thanks to all those who have helped organise the ball and everyone who attended for their generosity in helping to raise such a huge amount of money that will help the NSPCC to run its vital services and helplines that are so often a lifeline for vulnerable children and young people. Your support really will help make a difference.”

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Caption: Marie Fagan, General Manager, Hilton Cardiff; Julian Canning and Eira Gwynn, Kids Cancer Charity; David Scott and Keith Clash, Hilton Cardiff.

Supporting families touched by cancer A diagnosis of childhood cancer can shake a family down to its core as they come to terms with the struggle that lies ahead of them. For a child, the struggle against cancer can weaken and disable them, leaving them feeling anxious, frightened and confused about what is happening to them. With families also enduring months or years of difficult and painful treatment, the last thing on many parents’ minds would be to take a family holiday to escape it all, but sometimes a getaway can provide the perfect opportunity for all to recharge and recover a little. To support the importance of respite breaks, Hilton in the Community Foundation has awarded Kids Cancer Charity with a grant of over £16,000. The money, which was presented to the charity by Marie Fagan, General Manager of Hilton Cardiff, will be used by the charity to help purchase a new specially adapted caravan that will be used for much needed respite breaks for children and young people with cancer and their families. Julian Canning, Appeals Officer of Kids Cancer Charity said:

“When we received the email notifying us of the grant normal duties ceased as the cheers drew people in from neighbouring offices and joyous phone calls were made throughout the charity. We sincerely thank

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all involved with Hilton in the Community Foundation for their benevolence and commitment in helping to make this grant happen.” The caravan, which has been modified so that it is suitable for children and young people that are too weak to walk or have mobility issues, will be placed on a coastal site in Lydstep, Pembrokeshire and will provide week long family respite breaks. The breaks, which are provided by Kids Cancer Charity in various parts of Wales will give children much needed time with their family. With unexpected demands that illness can put on a family budget, the Kids Cancer Charity crisis break programme ensures that families have an opportunity to spend quality time together and enjoy a break in a safe, tranquil environment. Marie Fagan, General Manager, Hilton Cardiff commented on this:

“There is clearly a need for these respite holidays. When I visited the charity, I could see all of the pictures and letters from families that had been on holiday there and it was great to see how many families that this programme has helped.”

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The Great Swindon Giveaway Hilton Swindon’s Global Week of Service culminated in presentation of cheques for the grantees of the Great Swindon Giveaway which saw the hotel partner up with their local radio station, Swindon 105.5, to invite local charities to apply for a share of £10,000 .The evening was hosted by Shirley Ludford from media partner, Swindon 105.5. The first grant of the evening was for £300 and awarded to Wichelstowe Scout Group. It was made to help set up the group and provide somewhere for local children within the community to form new friendships while participating in fun activities where they can learn and develop their skills.

General Manager Steve Rycroft, Shirley Ludford and Foundation Champion Mark Dixon launch the Giveaway

A grant of £1000 was then awarded to Swindon Ten – Eighteen Project (STEP), an organisation that aims to the meet social and emotional needs of young people, with the expected outcomes from the programme including; building trust and developing friendships, raising self-esteem and gaining a nationally recognised award. The third charity to receive a grant was Clivey and Twist ‘Children and Young People’s Project’. They will be using their grant of £3,365 to help children and young people aged from 8-19 to improve their health through drugs and alcohol awareness workshops. The fourth grantee, Swindon’s Women’s Aid, was given a £1,835 boost to help children and young people from families experiencing domestic abuse. The charity will use the money to build a new outdoor play area within the safety of the refuge site giving them the opportunity to enjoy being children again. Stay & Play 2, a local cause that was set up by parents and volunteers after the local pre-school was closed, received a grant of £500 to purchase toys and equipment for the toddler group. A grant of £500 was awarded to Swindon 105.5 who will be using the money to provide media and reporting training for Six young people receiveing support from Hilton Swindon’s charity partner the Amber Foundation. The young people will use their skills to report on the impact of the different grants which will be broadcasted on Swindon 105.5. Finally, the last charity to receive a grant from the giveaway was Swindon Down Syndrome Group. The charity received £2,500 which will be used to provide vital packs for new parents of children with Down Syndrome to provide them with support and guidance for every stage of their child’s development.

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Giving back for Global Week of Service From 7th-13th October, Hilton in the Community Foundation was delighted to support and help to deliver Hilton Worldwide’s second annual Global Week of Service in Europe. The week is a celebration of the company’s year-round commitment to Community Service, which is a tradition that is embedded in Hilton Worldwide’s culture and pat of their wider Corporate Responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose. The Foundation supported Hilton Worldwide’s Global Week of Service by identifying and coordinating work with our local partners Breakspeare School, Thames 21, The Clean Sea Foundation and Günderrode School to organise signature GWS projects for Hilton Worldwide’s European headquarters in Watford, Frankfurt and Istanbul as well as DoubleTree by Hilton projects. Volunteers cleared gardens, painted, cleaned, donated food and provided workshops to help unemployed young people. Many of the European hotels built on their existing HCF partnerships and volunteered their skills to help our charity partners. Simon Vincent commented on the week-long event:

“Global Week of Service is all about Hilton giving back to the communities in which it operates. Volunteering is a very noble thing and something that we actively encourage within Hilton Worldwide. We like our staff to engage with the communities and give something back.” Anne Thompson, Global Director Culture and Communications DoubleTree by Hilton Brand, added:

“I wish to echo my most sincere thanks to each and every one of you for your contributions, spirit of caring, and hard work during our day together with Thames 21. In addition to the sense of satisfaction we get from helping others and the community, one of my lasting impressions of our time together was the great friendships that were being formed while we spent the day beautifying Ladywell Fields.” Check out what various hotels got up to for Global Week of Service on the next few pages as well as globally at: http://news.hiltonworldwide.com/index.cfm/misc/gws_home November 2013

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United Kingdom hotels and offices DoubleTree marquee project On Thursday 10th October, an army of volunteers from London hotels and the corporate office worked together to clean up and improve the wildlife habitats along a tributary of the River Thames in Catford, south London. Staff worked together with school children from a nearby primary school, locals and the organisation Thames 21. Thanks to team members from DTbH Ealing; DTbH Westminster; DTbH Marble Arch; DTbH Tower Bridge; DTbH West End; DTbH Hyde Park; DTbH Heathrow and the Brand support team from the US and Maple Court.

Hilton Worldwide Maple Court signature project Staff from Hilton Worldwide at Maple Court visited Breakspeare Special School to repaint the exterior and interior of the building and classrooms, refurbish a sensory garden, clean the hydrotheraphy pool and build a large raised flower bed and bench. Their hard work was greatly appreciated by staff and students alike. Hilton Birmingham Metropole Team members wowed the staff at Hollyfield Primary School with their hard work and amazing development

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of the school’s memory garden. At the end of the day, Team Members had successfully created a wonderful garden in the school where children can go and enjoy some quiet time as well as listen to stories or learn more about nature. Hilton Blackpool The hotel supported local host families that open their homes to children from Belarus, in the vicinity of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The children visit Blackpool annually for a series of health checks. Before they all returned home, the Blue Energy team hosted a party for the children.

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Photos: 1. Kerry Suggitt led a team at Breakspeare School to refurbish the sensory garden. 2. Staff from Hilton Worldwide Maple Court bring flowers to Breakspeare School for the raised flower beds and gardens. 3. Anne Thompson, Global Director Culture and Communications DoubleTree by Hilton Brand works with a child to help clean up a tributary of the River Thames. 4. The team from DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels across London get ready to clean up a tributary of the River Thames in Catford.

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5 Hilton Canary Wharf Hilton London Canary Wharf organized a dinner and dance for the children and families who depend on Richard House Children’s Hospice for support. Hilton Cobham To celebrate Global Week of Service, volunteers from the Blue Energy Commitee went along on Sunday to decorate two of the rooms in JIGSAW School, the hotel’s local charity partner. One Team Member said: “We felt a real sense of achievement when we saw the end results.” Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor As part of Global Week of Service,

6 Team Members at Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor decided to help out at “Bring a Bulb” day for CHAS, Scotland’s hospice service for children. Staff planted tulip bulbs in the parents’ garden and the sensory garden. Hilton Leeds City & DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds City The Hilton Leeds City and DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds City joined forces on Tuesday 8th October 2013, by taking time during Global Week of Service to visit St George`s Crypt, Leeds – a homeless charity to show their support, taking along unwanted clothing, toiletries and even a few DoubleTree cookies!

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7 Hilton London Docklands Riverside Hilton London Docklands Riverside teamed up with the Hate Crime Network and Mencap to support hate crime awareness week. The event saw people from all different areas of the community including year 11 students from local school, Bacon College, cook a healthy three course meal together with the guidance of Foundation Champion Sandra Coehlo.

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Photos: 5. A Team Member cleans windows inside St George’s Crypt. 6. Hilton Docklands Riverside organised a fun cooking event to help combat hate crime and to bring the community closer together 7. A Team Member prepares food at St George’s Crypt 8. Sandra Coehlo, Foundation Champion, Hilton London Docklands Riverside prepares to show guests how to cook a tasty soup. 9. Team Members from DoubleTree by HIlton Leeds and Hilton Leeds City helped out at St George’s Crypt.

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10 Hilton London Heathrow Airport & Hilton London Heathrow T5 The hotel encouraged team members to bring in food items that could be donated to the local food bank, Trustees of Hounslow Community Foodbox. After personally delivering the food, staff have decided to regularly support the food bank with donations.

few Team Members get their green fingers busy for Cultivate London, a local charity who convert redundant land space into land to grow produce to sell to local companies. Young volunteers who are struggling to find work help out at the two sites to develop basic working skills such as time keeping and working as a team.

Hilton London Stansted Airport Team Members from Hilton London Stansted Airport continued their ongoing partnership with the Whitechapel Mission and assisted with preparing food and serving it to the homeless.

Hilton London Tower Bridge Team Members at Hilton London Tower Bridge addressed the issue of homelessness and like Hilton London Stansted Airport, also helped out at the Whitechapel Mission by preparing food and serving it to the homeless.

Hilton London Syon Park Friday 11th October saw a select

Hilton Manchester Airport Team Members visited the Together

11 Trust to paint the exterior and trim back hedges. The organisation provides respite breaks and counselling services for young people. Hilton Manchester Deansgate The hotel worked with Manchester Cathedral to help unemployed people find work. They invited 20 unemployed people to the hotel and provided them with workshops to help them develop customer service skills and improve their interview technique.

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Photos: 10. A Team Member from HIlton London Heathrow Airport with food donations contributed by colleagues. 11. Staff from Hilton Manchester Airport work together to clear a garden at the Together Trust. 12. Staff from Hilton London Stansted Airport prepare from tasty food for the homeless.13. Staff at Hilton Manchester Deansgate invited young unemployed people to the hotel to give them career guidance.

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14 Hilton Portsmouth Team Members proudly put on their decorating overalls in support of their charity partner Off the Record and helped to paint and decorate three different counselling rooms at the charity’s centre. Hilton Reading Team Members collected nonperishable food items to take to the Reading Food Bank. The items were delivered at the end of the week and were greatly appreciated by the organisation. Hilton at St George’s Park Recently, Team Members had donated items to Me&Dee for the

comfort they give to children that are rushed in to hospital. Following on from this a few Team Members recently visited the charity Head Office to compile these packs. These Team Members were amazed by the amount of items that are included such as toiletries, snacks and activity books for the children. Hilton Swindon Team Members visited three different local charities throughout the week including STEP, Greatwood and Scrapstore and Clivey and Twist where they helped to decorate outdoor play areas, develop a sensory garden and do a lot of gardening. These connections were

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15 built through the Great Giveway 2013 where as well as funding support, applicants were asked what sort of practical difference team members could help to make during Global Week of Service. Hilton Warwick/Stratford Upon Avon Team Members from Hilton Warwick/ Stratford upon Avon visited their charity partner, Northleigh House School where they spent the day painting, putting together furniture and one team member even organised some fitness classes for the students.

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Photos: 14. Staff from Hilton Portsmouth work together to paint a counselling room at Off The Record. 15. St from Hilton St. George’s Park with one of the comfort packs they helped to compile. 16. Staff from Hilton Swindon outside Clivey and Twist where they helped with the gardening. 17. Staff from Hilton Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon provided students at Northleigh House School with exercise lessons.

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Europe hotels and offices Hilton Antwerp Tuesday 8th October saw 28 young students welcomed to the property for a brief view of working in the hospitality sector. Hilton Austria Hotels To support regular charity partner Sterntalerhof, the Heads of Department of the Viennese Cluster completed yard work on the grounds to help them prepare for the winter. Sterntalerhof is a children’s hospice for families with seriously or terminally ill children, and their services include providing animal therapy to aid the young people’s treatment.

In addition to their hard work at Sterntalerhof, Team Members also prepared a delicious three course dinner for 65 homeless people staying at VinziRast-CortiHaus with the help of Hendrik Becker, Executive Chef, Hilton Vienna Danube. Hilton Basel Chefs put their skills to great use and made tasty pastries and cakes for children at a local orphanage, BĂźrgerliches Waisenhaus Basel (Civil Orphanage Basel). Hilton Berlin Team Members visited a local homeless shelter for families to

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decorate and play games with the children. Hilton Bonn Armed with gloves and garbage bags staff at the hotel really went to work and removed all garbage and waste in the local area. The city is now considerable cleaner due to the actions of Team Members. Hilton Budapest Hilton Budapest teamed up with UNICEF to help educate local children about the importance of human rights, through fun games.

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Photos: 18 and 19. Staff from the Austria Cluster of hotels visited HCF charity partner Sterntalerhof to do some gardening. 20. Staff from Hilton Berlin visiited a shelter for homeless families. 21. Staff at HIlton Dublin Airport maintain a local community garden.

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22 Hilton Cologne Team Members offered guests the opportunity to unwind with a relaxing massage. For a small donation they could each enjoy a massage from the hotel’s massage therapist and personal trainer Dirk Bredemeier. Money raised from the massages will be donated to the hotel’s charity partner Foundation for children with cancer eV Cologne through HCF. Hilton Copenhagen Airport The team at Hilton Copenhagen Airport gathered their collection buckets and took to the streets and the airport to collect funds for the Danish Red Cross and ended up collecting 12,000 DKK (approximately €1,600).

Hilton Dublin Airport Team Members at Hilton Dublin Airport rolled their sleeves up and embarked on the huge task of replanting and tidying up a local community garden which the local community will enjoy for many years. Frankfurt signature project Team members from Hilton Frankfurt, Hilton Frankfurt Airport, Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport, Hilton Mainz, Hilton Mainz City and the Hilton International Corporate office came together over three days to help refurbish areas of the Günderrode School. In total 124 volunteers painted classrooms, built a library, took the children on trips to the museum, provided face

23 painting and taught them some first aid. The signature project was held on Wednesday 9th October and the team was joined by JochemJan Sleiffer, VP Northern & Central Europe. Over a total of 3 days team members logged 800 hours of volunteering. The results of the project include a school library for the children, therefore improving the equal educational opportunities for pupils in a poorer neighbourhood in the Frankfurt area. The school children thanked the team by presenting them with flower chocolates and singing two songs in the newly refurbished library.

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Photos: 20 & 22. Team Members from Hilton Copenhagen Airport collect for the Danish Red Cross at the local airport. 24. A Team Member from Hilton Dublin Airport helps to maintain a local community garden. 25. Staff participating in the Frankfurt signature project worked at local schools to create equal educational opportunities for pupils from poorer backgrounds.

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26 Istanbul signature project Representatives from Hilton Istanbul, Conrad Istanbul, Hilton Bomonti, Hilton Garden Inn Golden Horn, Doubletree by Hilton Avcilar and Hilton ParkSA Istanbul all worked together to hold a Global Week of Service signature project on the 8th October. Their events took place over three different locations with the participation of 95 team members. They were joined by the Vice President Operations Eastern Europe, Essam Abouda. The teams worked with the Turkish Red Crescent and went into two different schools. At each school the volunteers refurbished a special education classroom. At one of the

schools they created a library and at another, a playground for the children. The work was completed alongside the Red Crescent and will impact over 2,000 children who attend the schools. Representatives from SealedAir (Diversey) gave hand-washing and hygiene talks to the children. The final team travelled to Burgazada where they spent their time collecting waste from the coast. In total they collected 254 kg of garbage. The cleaning in Burgazada was hosted by The Clean Sea Foundation; the project not only helped to educate staff about the environment but also helped to create a cleaner environment for all those that visit the area.

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27 Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Staff from the hotel supported Casa Betania in Venice. At Casa Betania, Team Members helped to prepare food and serve it to the homeless. Hilton Munich City The team felt GWS was a great opportunity to give additional support to their hotel’s local charity Adelgundenheim, an organisation that provides several foster homes around the city. Children were invited to the hotel to learn how to bake tasty muffins. The hotel then sold these and donated the money made to the charity. Older children were also given a great chance to see behind the scenes of the hotel and gain valuable work experience.

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Photos: 26 and 27. Staff at the Istanbul signature project work hard to remove waste from the coast. 28. Staff from Molino Stucky Venice visited a local homeless shelter to prepare and serve food. 29. Staff from Hilton Munich City were excited to provide young people with hospitality work experience.

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30 Hilton Prague and Hilton Prague Old Town Continuing their work with their HCF charity partner, Tereza Maxova Foundation, Team Members from both hotels organised a fun and active sports day for children in care that depend on the charity for support.

Hilton Stockholm Slussen The hotel partnered up with local charity Maskrosbarn, an organisation that organises respite breaks for children that are young carers to their parents. The hotel invited 30 of the young carers and their counsellors to the hotel for a tasty and complimentary breakfast.

Hilton Sibiu During Global Week of Service, volunteers from Hilton Sibiu repaired and painted the exterior of a local day centre that works with disadvantaged children.

Hilton Izmir Team members organised a clothes and toy collection for a local school in a deprived area of Turkey. The donations were hugely appreciated by the children and their families.

Hilton Sofia Team Members visited Sofia Zoo to help clean up the gardens and public areas.

Hilton Zurich Airport Team Members organised a tasty dinner for residents at a local elderly home.

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Photos: 30 and 31. Staff from Hilton Prague and Hilton Prague Old Town were delighted to provide a fun programme of activities for local children, they were also provided with a tasty lunch. 32 & 33. Hilton Zurich Airport organised a tasty meal for local elderly residents.

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Photos: Above: Diana Schnabel, President, WIZO e.V; Daniela Schadt, domestic partner of Federal President Germany, Dieter Graumann, Central Council of Jews in Germany. Far left: Kerstin Becker; Roger Cicero, a famous singer; Uwe Becker, city treasurer Frankfurt. Left: TV presenters Andrea Kiewel and Ralph Morgenstern.

One night for the children On Saturday 28th September Hilton Frankfurt hosted the WIZO Patenschafts Gala to raise funds for the Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO) in Israel. WIZO is an international women’s charity with more than 200,000 volunteers. In Israel WIZO operates about 800 facilities in which women, children, adolescents and the elderly can receive support. WIZO Germany supports 15 projects, including day care centres, youth centres and a family therapy centre in Herzliah near Tel Aviv. The evening was made truly magical by guests’ generosity and over 530 Israeli children were sponsored at the gala meaning that these 530 children will be able to attend nursery school at the WIZO Kindergarten in Israel for an entire year. Well done to everyone who helped to organise such a wonderful event that will create brighter futures for so many young children in Israel.

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Photo: Above: Children from Colebridge Community College in the lobby of DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge. Far left: The students in the mocktail masterclass. Left: The students enjoyed their tour of the hotel including a visit to they hotel’s penthouse suite.

Exploring opportunities Understanding that it is very important for local young people to be aware of all the opportunities that are available after leaving school or college, DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge decided to invite some year nine pupils from Colebridge Community College to learn about the hospitality industry. Team Members at the hotel had a number of ideas about how to inspire the pupils and help them to choose the best path for their future and following a programme of fun activities, the day went extremely well. Upon arrival at the school, students were given a tour of the hotel which included a viewing of the penthouse suite, which impressed many. For some pupils it was their first visit to a hotel. The tour, the students were given a Q&A session with different heads of Department as well as the General Manager Ian James, giving them plenty of opportunities to find out the different ways of securing a career in the hospitality industry. The rest of the day included a fun treasure hunt around the hotel followed by a Mocktail Masterclass and then an aerobics class, which was definitely needed after all the tasty DoubleTree cookies were eaten.

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Gary Horvath, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager, commented on the day:

“We had an idea to find a school in Cambridge where we could make a difference and help them to choose the right career path in the future. The day went very well and all of the young people are still talking to their friends and classmates about their experience at our hotel.” After the students had visited the hotel Matt Blayney, Year 9 Learning Mentor of Coledridge Community College, was so impressed with the experience that the young people had gained from the school he said:

“The experience day really allowed these pupils, who are from a variety of backgrounds, to foster a genuine passion for Hospitality and Catering and inspired many of them to begin building in creative ideas for their assessments as they move into Years 10 and 11.”

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Enhancing communication skills HCF supports children and young people with a wide range of disabilities. Our partner charities across Europe work in local communities to support their young people, often with specialist skills and interventions. In The Netherlands, Stichting Papageno supports children with autism to unlock their potential through structured programmes and music therapies. During 2012, the hotels Hilton Amsterdam, Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, Hilton Rotterdam, Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen, Hilton The Hague and Hilton Garden Inn Leiden worked together to raise €210,665 for Stichting Papageno. This was from their participation in Small Change Big Difference, Around the World in a Day and from a spectacular gala dinner event featuring the pianist Derek Paravacini which raised €200,000.

Above: Simon Sheehan, Director of HCF, Roberto Payer Cluster General Manager, concert pianist Derek Paravicini and Dame Maureen Thomas, Deputy Chair of Hilton in the Community Foundation

Arnoud, 6 Arnoud has PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), which is one of the five autism spectrum disorders, which causes him to have difficulty with communication. He has often been unable to correctly understand what people are saying to him, but it has been clear that he really wants to learn how to answer questions properly.

After a few weeks, Arnoud was able to sit with his teacher and the instruments. Three months later, he was playing the keyboard and started to take initiative in choosing the songs, a discussion helping with his communication. He and his teacher would sometimes change the song words, allowing him to use his imagination.

Stichting Papageno took into consideration his love of music and used it to help his communication, introducing him to song and the use of the guitar. He was hesitant with the guitar, but was introduced to other instruments, such as the xylophone, djembé, maracas and an ocean drum – a drum containing small balls. He really enjoyed them and they often made him laugh.

Arnoud’s mother thinks it is quite extraordinary that he has become more open, and less inflexible.

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Photos: Top left: Guests were welcomed to the event with beautiful live Indian Music. Middle: Camille Jones sang during the evening. Top right: Lisbeth Johansen, Founder, LittleBigHelp addresses the guests and thanks them for their support. Bottom left: Guests enjoy the entertainment for the evening. Bottom right: Amazing prizes at the silent auction attracted many bids.

Charity gala massively exceeds expectations “Tonight we are collecting money for our new projects targeted towards girls, who are living a horribly exposed life on the streets of Kolkata. But despite the inhuman living conditions, they meet us with a smile, warmth and gratefulness. So let’s have their optimism and joy of life in mind tonight and do what we can to help them.” These were the words that greeted guests as they arrived at Hilton Copenhagen Airport’s LittleBigHelp charity gala on 25th October. LittleBigHelp is a charity that works to create better opportunities for children living on the street and in slum areas of Kolkata, India and the generosity of guests at the event has given the organisation a huge boost. This year, guests were able to enjoy an evening full of fantastic entertainment from Camille Jones and Rasmus Botoft, as well as cheerful host, Jes Dorph-Petersen, and auctioneer Kaspar Neilsen who conducted the auction of 39 items donated by local businesses and individuals. Hilton Copenhagen Airport kindly hosted the event and provided a delicious dinner in cooperation with Hilton in the Community Foundation. Guests were provided with a huge insight into LittleBigHelps work and the awful conditions in which young children in India are living in and at the end of the evening it was announced that 930,000 DKK (£105,000) had been raised in support of the organisations amazing work. Lisbeth Johansen, founder of LittleBigHelp who was overwhelmed and moved to tears when the fundraising total for the evening was announced. Well done to everyone who donated their time, talent, products and resources to support this fantastic cause.

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Photos: Teams show off their great prizes and (bottom right) how the new kitchen at Papillon House School is expected to look once it has been constructed.

London Hilton on Park Lane gets quizzical Team Members at London Hilton on Park Lane have been busy this month working to help their local community. On 14th October they hosted a pub quiz with entry just £5 including a refreshing drink and a tasty thai green curry. The evening was very popular with staff from Hilton Worldwide properties across London attending the event to put their brain power to the test. Team Trafalgar came last, but their efforts were rewarded with a set of toilet plungers. Team “Dolce & Banana” won the “Best Name” title and team “Show me the Money” from London Hilton on Park Lane’s reservations team were the evening’s victors and won a meal for four at

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Trader Vics. Overall, the event raised £200 for HCF. In addition to London Hilton on Park Lane’s recent fundraising activities, the Foundation recently received an update from Friends of Papillon House School, a special school for children with autism that had recently received a cheque for £3,000 following a successful year of the hotel’s fundraising in 2012. The donation has enabled the school to develop a life skills programme for children with autism where they will be able to learn skills and gain independence.

“The Home Economics Room is going to be installed at Papillon House School next month. We are so excited for the children! HCF’s donation you so kindly selected us for has gone towards funding this project and without that donation it would not have been possible to complete this year. This facility will make a huge difference and will help to teach the children independence.”

Jackie Hughes from the school commented on the impact of the donation:

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A busy month in Vienna The entire Hilton Vienna team was honoured when Ed Gray, Director of Energy and Utilities, Hilton Worldwide UK, recently stopped by on his bike tour from The Netherlands to Istanbul. On his journey through Europe Ed wanted to draw attention for the charity Practical Action – an organisation that aims to collect monies to enable proper energy input for emerging nations to power schools, hospitals and homes. To gain maximum attention and reach his set target of €29,000, Ed travelled through 7 different countries covering a distance of around the 2.700 kilometres – all by bike! All money raised from this fantastic bike ride will be used to construct a hydropower station in Bondo, Malawi. Ambulances, schools, companies and households will be provided with much needed power generated at this hydropower station. Ronald Diesenreiter, Hotel Manager, Hilton Vienna said:

“We are delighted to have Ed with us, being part of such an important and useful project and to support Ed to reach his goal.” In addition to Hilton Vienna’s visit from Ed, Team Members at the hotel were keen to promote a healthy lifestyle for those around them and 39 members of staff proudly pushed themselves to their limits and participated in the Vienna Business Run, a run which was completed in thirty minutes. After the exhausting effort, the runners were very greatful to sip on isotonic drinks, snacks and share stories.

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A taste of the Caribbean It may not have been the brightest weather at the beginning of September, but Hilton London Syon Park was happy to spread some last minute summer vibes at their Caribbean Barbeque Night. Upon arrival, guests were treated to a tasty welcome drink of Caribbean punch taking them further away from the cloudy London skies and closer to the faraway Caribbean shores with each sip. Guests were

also treated to a delicious Caribbean buffet whilst the calypso music provided the perfect backdrop for the evening in the hotel’s herb garden. Well done to everyone at the hotel for organising such a great event that was able to raise over £200 for the Foundation.

Leed City’s tough mudders Well done to Colin, Alistair, Andrew and Ryan from the North Region Finance Team, Hilton Leeds City, who took part in the Major Series Tough Mudder event at Braham Park on Sunday 29 September. They braved the tough race to raise funds for their locally nominated Hilton in the Community Foundation charities: Martin House Children`s Hospice and Children`s Heart Surgery Fund. The brave Tough Mudders participated in the 10km race which is organised by British Armed Forces Personnel for British Military fitness. The muddy obstacle race is full of challenging and fun activities complete with military instructors happy to bark at the Tough Mudders until they’ve completed each challenge.

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The North Region Finance Team prepare for their race ahead with a few stretches.

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A market in aid of homeless young people Following a successful market organised by Hilton Dusseldorf in the summer, the hotel decided to organise another to raise funds for their charity partner Trebe CafĂŠ. Hosted at Rhineland Hall for the fourth time, the event received great feedback and many exhibitors registered to sell antiques and bric-a-brac which attracted many visitors from the local community. Team Members from Hilton Dusseldorf catered to the market browsers by selling sausages, drinks and some tasty cakes. Trebe CafĂŠ provides shelter to vulnerable young women who are at risk of homelessness and provides them with a home environment where they can build relationships, trust and skills whilst helping them to make a fresh start in life.

Staff from Hilton Dusseldorf with their tasty cakes which they sold to the public at the market.

Visiting Anemoni Team Members at Hilton Cyprus paid a visit to their chairty partner and Small Change, Big Difference beneficiary charity, Anemoni Foundation. The Anemoni Foundation provides support for children with cerebral palsy and the visit was a great way for Team Members to meet the children and learn about how the funds raised from SCBD will benefit a great local charity.

Help for the homeless

Whilst having a clean out, Team Members from Hilton Zurich Airport discovered they had lots of spare shampoo, shower gel and body lotion that was no longer brand standard. Realising that a local charity could really benefit from the hotel’s surplus, they decided to donate the items to SWS Sozialwerke Pfarrer Sieber. The organisation works with people that are battling addictions, experiencing homelessness or suffering from mental or physical abuse. A total of 83 kg of shampoo and shower gel was donated and the organisation was very grateful.

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Donating blood and saving lives At Hilton London Stansted Airport Team Members kicked off Global Week of Service early. In early October a representative from NHS Blood and Transplant came to the hotel and signed up team members for “GivingBlood” which saw a number of Team Members join the programme and some Team Members who were unable to give blood on the day went to their nearest donor session and gave blood for the first time. What better way to put a little back and help the local community than by literally giving blood to those who need it.

Racing against homelessness

Well done to our ten nimble runners from Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5 who took part in the Synthetix Run for the Homeless. The event was organised by the London and Slough run who distribute items such as food, drink, clothing, bedding and toiletries to over three hundred people who come along to the various distribution points on the streets of London and Slough. Racing either a 5 or 10km route, the runners enjoyed taking the race in their stride with views of the official London 2012 Olympic rowing venue. Caroline Lowe, Director of Human Resources, commented on the race:

“Our team had a wonderful race with lots of sunshine at a fantastic Olympic venue.” Well done to everyone involved, your efforts will really make a difference to the lives of those affected by homelessness.

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€1,000 raised at carwash During the summer, Team Members at Hilton Strasbourg organised a carwash and after a full day of hard work and scrubbing, they managed to clean 60 cars. They even cleaned all their colleagues’ cars and bikes. The car wash quickly became popular with local cab drivers and at times, there was a queue of up to15 cars waiting to be cleaned. Thanks to the team’s great spirit, at the end of the day all the cars were cleaned and they raised €1,000 for their charity partner, Association Regards d’Enfants. Regards d’Enfants is a humanitarian organisation that aims to ensure that young children of all backgrounds receive sufficient education about their human rights.

Food festival for the Foundation A big well done goes to Hilton Sheffield’s marathon men who braved four different runs and half marathons from MayOctober. Graeme Bryant and Andrew Boulton successfully completed the Sheffield half marathon, the Great North Run, the Cardiff half Marathon and, most recently, the Great Birmingham Run on 20th October in aid of the Foundation. However, the fundraising hasn’t stopped at Hilton Sheffield. Team Members at the hotel raised £85 at the Sheffield Food Festival, an annual event were local food venues come together in a market to advertise their products. Team Members from Hilton Sheffield handed out complimentary cookies and pastries and collected donations. Funds raised from the Food Festival will be split between the Foundation and the hotel’s local charity partner, Paces, an organisation that provides support to children with Cerebral Palsy.

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Win a weekend of Scottish Luxury Because everyone loves a raffle and the chance to win some fantastic prizes, the Foundation is proud to be running its 5th charity raffle in partnership with Regus and Hilton Hotels & Resorts in the UK. Since 2009, the Regus Raffle has raised an impressive £57,673. These funds have been split evenly amongst three charities, Debra, Macmillan and Hilton in the Community Foundation. Debra is a charity that works on behalf of children with the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). EB is a very rare genetic skin condition in which the skin and internal body linings blister at the slightest knock or rub, causing painful, open wounds. Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer and their families and carers. With the star prize being a three night stay for two at The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel inclusive of breakfast and with lunch or dinner with selected wines at Galvin’s Brasserie, the winners will be treated to a weekend of ultimate Scottish Luxury. Other prizes include a two night weekend stay at the beautiful 5-star Chateau de Berne in Lorgues Provence, a Merlin Annual Standard Pass for a family of four and behind the Scenes at ITV1’s ‘This Morning’. Entry to the raffle is open to the general public, all Regus and MWB clients, staff, friends and family. Tickets are £1 each, so if you’re interested in purchasing a ticket please enquire at your local Hilton Worldwide property in the UK or at the Foundation office for the chance to win one of many fantastic prizes or scan the QR code below for more information.

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HCF was delighted to receive this wonderful thank you card made by children from Sheffield Mencap. In 2012, HCF awarded them with a grant of £5,000 to support their Shine Out on Saturdays performing arts club for children with learning disabilities.

Upcoming events for your diary Friday 1st November Sportsman’s Dinner, Hilton Manchester Airport Monday 4th November Atlantic Polo Gala Dinner, The Waldorf Hilton Sunday 3rd November Skydive, Hilton Coylumbridge Sunday 9th November Liverpool Star Ball, Hilton Liverpool Sunday 9th November Ball, Conrad Algarve and Hilton Vilamoura, As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa Saturday 16th November Foundation Ball, London Hilton on Park Lane Sunday 17th November Eurasia Run, Hilton ParkSA Istanbul Sunday 17th November Photography exhibition, Hilton Istanbul Tuesday 26th November Schools Dance Festival, HIlton Blackpool Saturday 30th November Foundation Ball in aid of Stichting Papageno Saturday 30th November The Glamorous 1920’s Ball, Hilton Avisford Park, Arundel If you would like to attend any of the events, please visit our events page on our website to book. If you have any other events not shown, do tell us - events@hilton-foundation.org.uk The best of luck with all of your Foundation activities. Special thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support of our events: AB InBev UK Limited; AG Barr; AIM Group International; AIS BIBENDA; ASD LEPROTTI DI VILLA ADA - Running Association; Atelier do Sul; Barry and Fitzwilliam; BHP International; BNP Paribas; BORGO DE’MEDICI HOTEL; Brakes Foodservice Ltd; Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club; British Airways; CAROCCI EDITORE Hotel; Chapter 4 for Hewlett Packard Bulgaria; Cheese Cellar; DB Schenker; DE CECCO Hotel; Delfont Mackintosh Theatres; Delice de France; Destiny Food; DOTEL; DRAG Bicycles; E.E.Eurodesign; Fairfax Meadow; GA Design; Grohe Ltd; Harrison; Heathfield & Co; Hirsch Bedner Associates; Hortons Estate Limited; Hospital de Loule; Hospitality Concepts; IL MIELE; DELL’IMPERATORE CLAUDIO; INFORMADARTE; Inframoura; Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria; ITALSPORT; Landmark Ltd; LaurentPerrier UK Ltd; Leisure Property Services; LG Electronics; Lufthansa Technik Sofia; Mace Group; MARR- Hotel; Media Arts Lab; Monterisi Hotel; Nemtilmeld.dk; Nestlé; OK Supertrans; OPEL Adam; Pernod Ricard UK; Polkadot; Porta Romana; PriceWaterHouse Coopers; Qatar Airways; Radio Kiss FM Algrarve; Red Bull; Rent-a-tent; Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, SB Group, Samsung, Sapi Sarvice, Schönwald, Seafood Holdings; Show Racism the Red Card; Sillis ltd, SixT Executive France; Special Events Group; Starwood Capital; Studio Q; Swan Mill Paper Company Ltd; The Capital Hilton; The Feel Good Drinks Company Ltd; The Goring; The Grown Up Chocolate Company; The Modern Garden Company; The United Fresh Consortium Ltd; Town & Country Fine Foods; United Airlines; Villeroy & Boch; Wenlock Spring

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