20th December 2016

The UK's leading independent hotel management company has smashed its 2016 charity target, raising more than �66,000 for the charity Make-A-Wish� UK.

Teams from across RBH' hotel portfolio and offices have been busy fundraising over the course of the year for the special cause, which grants magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

Initially a £50,000 pledge was set, with the aim of granting approximately 12 children their individual wishes before the year's end. Now, with £66,500 raised, even more children and young people will benefit from the magic and impact of having their wish granted.

Dozens of hotels have participated in fundraising exercises since the partnership kicked off in January, with top fundraisers including the Erskine Bridge Hotel - where the team raised £4,004 (plus £282 Gift Aid) through a daring charity sky dive - and the Bedford Swan Hotel and Crowne Plaza - London Docklands hotel, where team members took part in the London Marathon and together helped raise £4622.76 (plus £536.25 Gift Aid).

The hotel management firm's Glasgow and London offices literally went above and beyond for the special cause, with the central sales team tackling Mount Snowdon - raising £3,828 - and others even taking on the West Highland Way, raising £8,683 (plus £1,169 Gift Aid).

More than £5,156 worth of hotel rooms and meeting room space has also been gifted.

Susan Bland, Chief Human Resources Officer at RBH said: "There was so much enthusiasm for our 2016 charity partnership and I think our fundraising total is a testament to that.

"Make-A-Wish is such a worthy cause and you really can't fail to be moved by the wonderful work they do for children and young people who are going through such tough times.

"So much so, we've decided to renew our partnership for 2017, in a bid to help more wishes come true next year. We look forward to kicking off another passionate campaign in January."

The company's big-hearted employees have a fantastic fundraising track record, having raised a total of £62,258 during a three-year partnership with Macmillan Cancer Care, which came to an end in 2015. The contribution was enough to pay for a Macmillan nurse for one year, plus additional services to help individuals affected by cancer and their families.

Make-A-Wish grants magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.