13th June 2018

The UK’s leading independent hotel management company has donated more than £150,000 to its two charity partners – and vowed to continue its fundraising efforts into 2019.

RBH announced the total funds raised across the group for Make-A-Wish® UK and the NSPCC, as it revealed the continuation of both partnerships into early 2019.

More than £118,000 – beyond RBH’s original fundraising target of £100,000 for 2016/17 – has gone to Make-A-Wish, while £40,651 was raised in 2017 on behalf of the NSPCC.

Funds for both charities were raised by big-hearted employees across RBH’s central support teams, as well as its portfolio of more than 70 properties in the UK.

Fundraising highlights for Make-A-Wish, which was chosen as an official charity partner by RBH in 2016, have included a sky dive by the team at Holiday Inn Express Antrim and a 5k Badass Mucker obstacle run by the team at Holiday Inn Express Manchester Airport. The company’s central property team also scaled Ben Nevis last September, raising more than £12,000 towards the total.   

The NSPCC benefited from a host of activities throughout 2017, carried out by the QHotels within the portfolio, with members of The Nottingham Belfry team braving a sky dive, the team at Belton Woods tackling a 5k run and Tankersley Manor’s team taking on the Lake District Challenge. The funds were also bolstered by a gala ball at Ashford International and a garden fete at Norton Park.

And now the partnerships with both charities will continue throughout 2018 and into 2019, with ambitions for generous team members to raise at least £40,000 for each of the causes.

Susan Bland, Chief Operations Support Officer at RBH, said:

We’re absolutely thrilled to not only hand over the fantastic amounts raised by our teams to both charities, but also to pledge our commitment to continue our efforts for the rest of 2018 and beyond. Both Make-A-Wish and the NSPCC do fantastic work to help children across the UK, and it will be our privilege to partner up with them for another year in the hope of raising £80,000 to split between the two. We have thousands of exceptionally generous and enthusiastic colleagues across the UK, and I have no doubt that we’ll see another phenomenal response from them across the year to help us achieve our fundraising targets.”

Jason Suckley, Chief Executive, Make-A-Wish UK®, which grants magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions – said:

It's fantastic that RBH has raised over £118,000 for Make-A-Wish UK in the last two years. This support has enabled us to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Our wishes provide seriously ill children with hope for the future, strength to cope and resilience to fight their conditions. We look forward to working with RBH and NSPCC throughout 2018 to transform more lives."

Deborah Quinn, Corporate Partnerships Manager at NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, added

We are grateful for the hard work of everyone involved in raising money for us last year and we are delighted to be one of the charity partners of RBH in 2018. The teams have already shown a massive commitment to fundraising for the NSPCC and we look forward to their continued support, helping us to provide vital support to children and young people across the UK.”