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27/09/2011 | Whitbread raises £1 million for Wateraid

Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants are delighted to announce that, through the fundraising efforts of their teams and the generosity of their guests, they have raised a massive £1 million for their nominated charity, WaterAid.

The funding has contributed towards WaterAid's work in India helping over 66,000 people gain access to a long-term supply of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation. 

Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, which comprises of the Premier Inn, Beefeater Grill, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Taybarns brands, announced WaterAid as their nominated charity in June 2009. 

Since Whitbread first began fundraising for WaterAid, 28,000 team members working for Whitbread, have carried out a number of fundraising events, such as triathlons, swim-a-thons, cycle rides and family fun days. Premier Inn guests have also contributed to the charity with generous online donations.

The £1 million that Whitbread, its guests and suppliers, have raised will go directly to projects in India, from the construction of household latrines, ensuring that villages have access to safe drinking water and to improving sanitation in urban slums. 

Patrick Dempsey, Managing Director from Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, presented a £1 million cheque to Lourdes Baptista, WaterAid Chief Executive and Isha Bhagwat, WaterAid India Programme Director.

Patrick Dempsey, Managing Director of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, comments: “On behalf of our thousands of team members and millions of guests I am extremely proud to say that we have reached our £1 million goal for such a good cause. Everyone at Whitbread has worked very hard to achieve this great milestone and I am delighted on behalf of everyone who has raised this money to present this cheque to WaterAid in India and see firsthand how our contribution can lead to better water and sanitation.” 

Andrew Cook, Director of Fundraising and Communications at WaterAid said: 
“On behalf of all our staff and partners around the world we would like to thank everyone at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants for their hard work and generosity in raising an incredible £1 million for WaterAid. This money will be put to really good use, changing thousands of people’s lives, bringing new hope to families and communities.”

WaterAid works to transform the lives of some of the poorest communities around the world by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation. They work locally and internationally to change policy and practice and ensure water, hygiene and sanitation’s vital role in reducing poverty is recognised.