Interstate raises £59k for Marie Curie
February 3, 2020 | Community, News, Openings, Our Team, Signings
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Aimbridge Hospitality’s International Division, has raised almost £60,000 for Marie Curie during 2019, funding more than 2,900 hours of nursing care for the terminal illness charity.
The third-party management company has raised the sum after an 18-month long campaign, which saw its portfolio of UK hotels undertake a variety of fundraising activities – from baking competitions to sporting endeavors.
Interstate’s own charity mascot bears, Marie and Pierre, toured each of the organisation’s 68 UK hotels throughout the 18 months, too, tasking each property with raising money during their visit with coffee mornings, quiz nights, raffles and guest collections.
Nicholas Northam, Executive Vice President – International at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, said: “We’re thrilled with the impressive amount raised by our team here in the UK for Marie Curie – a vital cause that helps those diagnosed with a terminal illness, as well as their loved ones, too.
“I’m very proud of the creativity and sheer determination the Interstate team has put into the fundraising activities, from climbing the Three Peaks to running marathons, walking 50km and going head-to-head in some friendly bake-off inspired fun.
“Giving back to the community and supporting the causes that matter to people across the UK is a huge priority for us here at Interstate and it gives me great pleasure to see Marie Curie benefit so much from our efforts.”
The total raised, £59,852.64, equates to 2,991 hours of nursing care, or the funding of three nurses for a year each.
Marie Curie Nurses visit terminally ill people in their homes, delivering care and expert support for them and their families during difficult times.
Georgina Bushell, Marie Curie Partnerships Manager, said: “A huge thank you to all of the Interstate staff members who enthusiastically got behind this quirky campaign and raised such a significant amount of money. The lovable bears Marie and Pierre are now happily retired at our Glasgow hospice where they’re getting lots of cuddles from families.”