Charity Escapes has unveiled a unique opportunity for UK charities, after Hilton Group donated more than 100 mini-breaks.
The North East-based not-for-profit organisation is calling on charities that could benefit from the mini-breaks by raising money from selling the donations at fundraising events.
With more than 100 getaways at many of the hotel’s European locations, the charity, which is the trading arm of the Middleton Foundation, is aiming to place each of the opportunities in events across the UK as soon as possible.
Established in 2016 by Jeremy Middleton CBE, Charity Escapes works in partnership with established charities such as CEO Sleepout, the Children’s Heart Unit Foundation and the YMCA, to raise money from donated holidays.
As well as working with The Hilton Group, the charity also works with a number of holiday providers, including Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Cottages in Northumberland, and this year expects to raise around £50,000 for selected charities by placing the donated getaways in high-profile auctions, raffles and events.
Charity Escapes facilitates the process of managing donation requests for hotels like the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, which can see as many as 1,000 requests a year.
Project Director Rick McCordall said: “We are delighted to be working with Hilton Hotels on this project and are very grateful for their support. These holiday prizes are now available from us and any charity can apply to use them. We expect they will be very popular so we are offering them on a first-come-first-serve basis.
“Having worked closely with many charities, we know that it can be time consuming and costly sourcing prizes for auctions and raffles. Our aim is provide charities with a wide variety of donated prizes to choose from, allowing them to focus on other fundraising activities.”