Team members at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, the 4 red star luxury Hotel in Newmarket, Suffolk, have embraced the festive season and raised £179 for its charity of the year, East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), during the Hotel’s annual Christmas Jumper Day. Staff members from all departments were invited to don their best Christmas jumpers and join in the celebrations, donating £5 in the process.
The festive fundraising rounds off a year of activities undertaken by the Hotel team, throughout the course of the year the team has hosted: a Halloween Cake Bake; a series of donation days, where £1 from each sale at the bar, and £5 from each Hotel stay, is donated to the charity; a Molton Brown advent calendar raffle; and an Inner Peace Spa Day & Break where £5 per guest is donated. In September, two staff members also took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in just 12 hours, raising valuable funds for the charity.The two members of staff with the best Christmas jumpers were presented with a bottle of Moët & Chandon from Chief Executive, Noel Byrne.
Each year, Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa selects a local charity to support as part of its charity of the year initiative. In May 2019, following a staff vote, the team chose East Anglian Air Ambulance, a service which exists to save lives by delivering highly skilled doctors and critical care paramedics by air to seriously ill or injured people across East Anglia.
Noel Byrne, Chief Executive at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, commented: “It is always fantastic to see our staff members getting so involved in the fundraising events at the Hotel, and even better to know that the money we raise is going to such a worthy cause that benefits the local community. The work that East Anglian Air Ambulance carries out is incredibly important and they work tirelessly, especially over the Christmas period. The charity is currently looking to operate 24/7 by helicopter and I feel proud that our donation will support them in reaching that goal.”
Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa will continue its charitable initiatives for EAAA until the end of its working year in May.