Hilton Hotels In Edinburgh Make It Around The World In A Day For Charity

This information originated in UK English.

June 17, 2009

EDINBURGH, UK -  Members of the public, hotel staff and guests joined forces to cross continents without leaving Edinburgh at a charity event this weekend.

They came together at Caledonian Hilton and Hilton Edinburgh Airport in an effort to collectively travel a total of 24,901.55 miles, the exact circumference of the earth, to raise money for DeBra.

The distance was covered by either running, cycling, walking a mile or using gym equipment over seven hours in a competitive team challenge. Thanks to their efforts and other Hilton hotels around the country a total of over 25,511 miles was covered making it just around the globe!

Around 130 children and adults from Bonnyrigg Rose Youth Academy took part in activities in and around Caledonian Hilton racking up a magnificent 931 miles.

Vanda Campbell, Caledonian Hilton said: "We have raised around £2800 so far but there are still sponsorship forms to come in. We were also extremely fortunate with the weather - it was a beautiful sunny day.

"We had a fantastic time and are really grateful to all of the people who came along!"

Over 20 people took part on the day at Hilton Edinburgh Airport and helped to cover 291.8 miles. The total amount raised was £836.35 and with all proceeds going straight to the charity, the money will go directly to a good cause.

Michael Squire, Hilton Edinburgh Airport General Manager was thrilled with the day's fund-raising:

"I was so impressed to see so many people taking the time and effort to help out and we had a lot of fun along the way. I think everyone will have tired legs this week but it was certainly worth it to help such a good local cause! Thank you so much to all the participants and to everyone who supported us."

Nationally it's estimated that over £60,000 has been raised with over 2,500 participants signed up for sponsored miles. Many more people also took advantage of the seasonal weather to attend events. Snooker world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan ran three miles towards the total in the East Midlands, while Hilton Birmingham Metropole covered the most miles over the day - 1,809 of them! Fetes, barbeques and plenty of games and activities were also held to fund-raise and entertain as part of the Hilton in the Community Foundation's biggest ever charity initiative.

About the Hilton in the Community Foundation
Hilton in the Community Foundation was founded in 2001 as Hilton Hotels' charity dedicated to supporting young people worldwide in the communities that Hilton Hotels serve. Focused on Education and Health, grants supporting disadvantaged young people are made in the UK and Ireland, while in the event of international disaster; grants are made to relief organisations at the Trustees' discretion.

The Foundation's core costs are funded by Hilton Hotels, so every net pound raised goes directly to good causes. Donations are funded almost entirely through the generous efforts and contributions of Hilton team members, family and friends and with the support of Hilton guests and company suppliers.

Log onto www.hilton-foundation.org.uk for further information.

Contact:
John Townsend, Hilton in the Community Foundation 
020 7605 7733
 john.townsend@hilton.com

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