Patients from Great Ormond Street Hospital joined 2016 Great British Bake-Off winner Candice Brown and team members at Premier Inn St Pancras for a Halloween party to mark the £10m raised by the company.
The £10m milestone is the result of five years of fundraising across all 760 Premier Inns and over 400 restaurant sites across Britain including the sale of over 40,000 Bernard Bears – the hospital’s mascot, bucket collections, raffles and customer fundraising initiatives including donations on the bill.
The money raised will be used to fund The Premier Inn Clinical Building, a facility where more seriously ill children will benefit from GOSH’s specialist care.
Housed within the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, the new medical facility will officially open next year.
The special party hosted by the team at Premier Inn St Pancras kicked off a weekend of Spooktacular fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Customers and the team at the hotel and restaurant chain including Beefeater, Brewer’s Fayre and Whitbread Inns took part in a whole host of activities including pumpkin decorating, and dressing up in costumes to raise money.
Tim Johnson, chief executive, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the team and customers at Premier Inn and Restaurants for their fantastic fundraising efforts this weekend. We’re grateful to everyone who donated, all the money raised will help us to support the hospital to transform the lives of seriously ill children from across the UK.”