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Hotel owner seeks support for initiative to help health and care staff


By Alan Hendry

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Forss House Hotel is part of the Original Collection.
Forss House Hotel is part of the Original Collection.

The owner of a renowned Caithness hotel is seeking support for a new fundraising initiative to reward NHS workers and carers.

Care4carers is a crowdfunding campaign set up to raise money to pay for well-deserved breaks for health service staff and carers once the Covid-19 crisis eases.

It is the brainchild of Nick Dent, owner of the Forss House Hotel, who is urgently looking for hoteliers and hospitality partners to join the cause.

Members of the public are being invited to donate to the care4carers crowdfunder campaign which will buy vouchers redeemable at member hotels across the UK.

Mr Dent, director of Original Collection, owner of the Forss House Hotel, said: “Our target is big. We’d love to get enough donations to treat every single frontline carer.

"By coming together as an industry, with the support of the public, the hospitality industry can reward as many heroes as possible. We have the opportunity to become THE way for the public to reward the nation’s heroes, and your hotel can be a part of this.”

For every £100 donated to care4carers by a UK taxpayer, a voucher for £150 will be issued to a carer.To join, hoteliers agree to top up vouchers by 25 per cent and Gift Aid adds a further 25 per cent.

It means the NHS staff and carers will receive 50 per cent more than if the gift were given directly.

Hoteliers can decide how many vouchers they are willing to top up. Additionally, hospitality partners are invited to donate experiences such as afternoon teas, meals out and spa sessions to the campaign.

Care4carers has been created by Original Collection hotels and is the process of being registered as a charity. All seven of the group's properties are involved.

Details of how hoteliers and hospitality partners can get involved can be found by visiting the care4carers website at http://www.care4thecarers.org

People can donate at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/care4carers


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