Hilton Swindon and Hilton in the Community Foundation went “Around the World in a Day” for Charity in June.
After conquering Mount Snowdon in 2010, team members at Hilton Swindon set themselves a new charity challenge this summer –continuously keeping a piece of LivingWell gym equipment going for 24 hours.
The team were sponsored for the challenge, which took place from Saturday 25 June to Sunday 26 June, with all proceeds raised from the event in Swindon donated to Wiltshire based charity, the Amber Foundation.
The fundraiser in Swindon was part of a continental wide challenge organised by Hilton in the Community Foundation, the official charity of Hilton Worldwide in Europe. Hotel team members, charity partners and the public all worked together on the day across more than 100 hotels in eight countries. They collectively virtually travelled 24,901.55 miles, the circumference of the earth, all in aid of charities supporting ill and disadvantaged children and young adults, chosen by each hotel.
Sue Crawford-Condie, PR and Fundraising Director at the Amber Foundation said: “This event is great way for us all to work together and we are very grateful to the Hilton Foundation and the staff at the Hilton Swindon for giving us the chance to be apart of this amazing challenge. It means a great deal to all the young people and staff at Amber”.
According to Mr Sam Farmer, Hilton Swindon general manager this year’s event was an opportunity for the community to get together and to have fun in support of a very good cause. Mr Farmer said, “Our community work is an important part of our hospitality philosophy and our team is very excited to be working together to support Amber Foundation. The challenge is a fun one but the goal is serious. Hopefully working together we can go the extra mile and really make a difference for disadvantaged young people in need of our support.”
Around the World in a Day was supported by various celebrities and sportsmen in different venues around the country including several international rugby players. Bath and England players Matt Banahan, Lee Mears and David Wilson helped to launch this year’s event.
England centre Matt Banahan said, “It’s great to be a part of Around the World in a Day. This is a fantastic chance for people to work together, get active, challenge themselves and support young people in need around the country.”