COVID-19 Update: Hotels with Heart Uplift Fund
At St Giles Hotels, we have had the privilege of serving you, our guests, for 25 years and running. Sadly, the COVID-19 global crisis is unlike anything we have ever faced before, and we made the difficult decision to close our doors until the world is healed and we may dust off those door locks.
Hotels with Heart, along with the St Giles Hotels leadership team, has created the Hotels with Heart Uplift Fund to help alleviate the financial burden and stress on our team members. To help us maintain this support, we have opened up this fund to our extended St Giles Family and community with the creation of a JustGiving fundraising page. 100% of proceeds raised will be used for the benefit and support of our team members. If you are able to, we ask for your kind support with a donation.
Thank you for your support over the past 25 years, and thank you for your support today. You, our guests, our extended family, and community, mean the world to us, and we are greatly looking forward to welcoming you and our employees back with open arms and a warm smile.
Hotels with Heart is the official philanthropic initiative of St Giles Hotel Group, which focuses on the empowerment and education of vulnerable and troubled youth. Born out of the desire to breathe a deeper meaning into the purpose and raison d’etre of the St Giles Hotels Group, Hotels with Heart is committed to improving the communities within which St Giles’ Hotel Group operates. Hotels with Heart is more than part of our corporate social responsibility; it is a tenet of our organization that is fundamental to the brand and ecosystem of our hotels.
The mission of the Hotels with Heart is two-fold: to help and support the communities that envelop our hotels; and to give opportunities to those less-privileged young adults who harbour a passion for hospitality but may not have had the exposure to it. In short, Hotels with Heart aims to provide support to educational and career training schemes for less-privileged and at-risk youth and young adults.
There are many ways in which Hotels with Heart manifests itself – on both individual and group levels – through community service, event participation, mentorship and fund-raising. We’re only at the beginning of our impact journey, and we invite you to follow along as we continue to grow and give back. #HotelswithHeart
Our Charity Partner: Street Child United
In October 2019, Hotels with Heart happily partnered with Street Child United, a UK-based charity using the power of sport, specifically international sporting events, to change the negative perceptions and treatment of street-connected children everywhere.
Our Past Impact:
From its inception in 2014, Hotels with Heart has raised over £20,000 for various charities by hosting and participating in a handful of events:
- In 2014, two team members running the New York Marathon raised money for the central London YCMA to start an after-school program for vulnerable children and troubled mothers.
- In 2016, staff members from from St Giles London participated in a 10 mile tough-mudder race to raise funds for the YMCA and Cancer Research
- Abseil for Charity, our annual adventure leap from our Central London hotel, itself a beloved brutalist landmark, where staff, friends and guests of St Giles London raise money for various charities by abseiling from the St Giles London. This years Abseil for Charity is happening on 15 Nov. and will be in aid of our newest charity partner, Street Child United.
- London and Heathrow hotels host internal events, such as cake and rummage sales, dress down days, and food and clothing drives, to support Hotels with Heart.