Whitbread raises £2 million

Premier Inn Tring fundraisers

Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants has raised a massive £2 million since launching its partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity in May 2012.

The £2 million has been raised through generous donations by customers on the Premier Inn website as well as through a wide variety of activities undertaken by Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants team members across the UK. Some of the fundraising feats include skydives in Leeds, car boot sales in Epsom, family fun days in Newcastle and a 15 mile trek in Blackpool.

The money raised will go towards the development of the brand new Premier Inn Clinical Building at Great Ormond Street Hospital, due to open in 2017. The new building is part of an on-going programme to redevelop some of the oldest parts of the hospital, replacing outdated wards with world class facilities and providing more space for parents to be with their children. The company has pledged to raise £7.5 million towards the new building.

Simon Ewins, Corporate Responsibility Director at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants said: "The collective passion and determination of our teams and customers to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity has been truly amazing and I am extremely proud that we have been able to reach this key milestone in such a short space of time. This is an outstanding achievement and a fantastic step towards our pledge of raising £7.5 million."

Antonia Dalmahoy, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity said: "We're thrilled that our partnership with Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants has raised an incredible £2 million. The funds raised will make a real difference to our patients and families from across the UK, helping us replace outdated buildings with state-of-the-art facilities with more space, privacy and comfort."

Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants is made up by Premier Inn, Beefeater Grill, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Taybarns brands. Find out more on the Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants website.