Hilton Hotels In Glasgow Walk 770 Miles And Make It Around The World In A Day For Charity

June 23, 2009

High kicks and low tackles were off the cards but the battle was definitely on as top pro-sports dance team, The Scottish Rockettes took on the Glasgow Hawks Rugby Team to see who could push themselves the furthest for charity at Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor this week.

The Glasgow Hawks Rugby Team and The Scottish Rockettes took to exercise bikes and treadmills in the hotel's reception area to cross continents without leaving Glasgow for the competitive challenge in aid of the Glasgow Hawks Sports Trust.

Although the girls were full of competitive spirit the boys proved they could kick their competitors into touch and edged ahead in the final hours of the challenge which lasted seven hours.

The Glasgow Grosvenor is still collecting funds but it is thought the challenge raised £400 for charity with competitors clocking up 500 miles during the challenge.

Hilton Glasgow also participated in activities when around 45 people took part in a sponsored walk between the two hotels. Staff, family and friends also scaled the 20 flights of stairs which make up the Glasgow landmark. After a massive effort, they managed to rack up 270 miles and a fantastic £500 for charity DeBRA.

The effort at the Hilton Glasgow and Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor was part of a UK-wide challenge. Hilton team members, charity partners and guests worked together in over 70 hotels and offices all over the country, collectively aiming to travel the circumference of the earth - 24,901.55 miles. Miles were amassed throughout the day by walking, running or using gym equipment in team challenge events. Thanks to both Glasgow hotels and other Hilton hotels around the country a total of over 25,511 miles was covered making it just around the globe!

Stuart Nelson, general manager at Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor was thrilled with the day's fund-raising:

"I was 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.

For further information, please contact:

Julie MacSporran on 0141 222 2266 / 07989 324 176 / julie.macsporran@dada.co.uk
Laura Duncan on 0141 222 2266 / 07988 152 261 / laura.duncan@dada.co.uk

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.


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