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Interstate embarks on NHS fundraising challenge

Hotel management company Interstate has revealed it is undertaking a “mammoth” fundraising challenge to raise vital funds for the NHS Charities Together appeal.

The team at Interstate Hotels and Resorts International, the international division of Aimbridge Hospitality, is aiming to complete 9,489 miles of running, walking or cycling by 1 June 2020, in the hope of raising at least £9,489 for the charity – the equivalent of one pound for every guest room Interstate manages across the UK. 

Nicholas Northam, executive vice president – International at Interstate, said: “We’re very excited to get this fundraising challenge underway, raising vital funds for the NHS.

“The idea was thought up by Jade Jones, Sales Manager at ibis Coventry, and has proven to be a great way to help our team stay connected during this difficult time, when many of our employees – as across most of our industry – are on furlough or working on reduced hours.”

He added” “It’s an opt-in way, for those who want to get involved, to raise money for the NHS as part of a group effort whilst enjoying the mental and physical health benefits of exercise each day.”

At present, more than 40% of Interstate’s UK portfolio remains open for key workers, including the Holiday Inn Express London ExCel, adjacent to the new NHS Nightingale Hospital.

Nicholas said: “Through our hotels that remain operational, we’re seeing first-hand the courage and strength of key workers right across the UK, as they continue to go to work and save lives.

“It’s truly humbling to be taking care of these national heroes during such difficult times and we hope that through our fundraising efforts we can support the NHS even further, as a team.”

NHS Charities Together represents, supports and champions the work of the NHS’ official charities, giving £1m a day to the NHS and providing funds to help the NHS do more.

The organisation has launched a national appeal to acknowledge and support NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients.

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