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Watch Our Launch Event Film

Hear our founder and chair of trustees Nicolas Roach urge the hospitality sector to donate 140,000 worth of wasted room stays to the charity sector.

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Room to Reward Aims to Donate £1m of Hotel Stays

Founder and Chair of Trustees Nicolas Roach set out Room Reward’s aim to donate in excess of £1million pounds worth of stays to deserving charity volunteers and frontline staff. Speaking at Room to Reward’s official Launch Lunch at the St Ermins, London, last week, Nicolas drew the hospitality sector’s attention to the huge number of unsold rooms being wasted each week in the UK. Nicolas stated: “The total number of unsold rooms each night in the UK is 140,000,” he explained. “That means that with a room rate of only £100, each week the lost value to the industry is £100m per week. We are talking about billions every year – at least £5b is a conservative estimate.” With this in mind, £1million pounds worth of stays donated to the charity sector represents only 0.02% of the overall number of … Continue reading

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Ride 4 Rooms – Helping Hidden Heroes One Mile at a Time.

RIDE 4 ROOMS – Hoteliers, we need your room pledges! Head of Operations at the Harbour Hotel Group, Simon Maguire, is taking on a gruelling 317-mile bike ride, in just four days. Brighton based Simon, will journey from the St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa in Cornwall to the Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa, starting on the 31st of August. No mean feat! Simon is doing all this to help us find more hotels willing to pledge an unsold room to reward a charity volunteer with an overnight stay in a hotel (subject to availability of course). Simon has targetted himself will securing 317 room pledges, one for every mile endured! Huge thank you to those hotels who have already pledged Grand Brighton Hotel One Devonshire Gardens Hotel Du Vin, Poole, EnglandFJB Hotels The Atlantic Hotel Firmdale Hotels PLC Soar Mill … Continue reading

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Room to Reward Receives Prime Minister’s Award

Our Founder and Chair of Trustees, Nicolas Roach, today received the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award. This accolade is a huge step forward in raising public awareness of the work we do here at Room to Reward. Prime Minister Theresa May write personally to Nicolas and commented: “Through ‘Room to Reward’, you are also recognising the unsung volunteers across the UK who are making exceptional commitments to charities. Your innovative idea is helping to reward their hard work, while providing them with fond memories they will treasure for years to come.” Our Founder and Chair of Trustees Nicolas said: “To receive this award is an honour and it is gratefully accepted on behalf of all of the team at ‘Room to Reward’.  ‘Room to Reward’ is the Hospitality Industry responding by joining hands in a coordinated way and providing breaks … Continue reading

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Room to Reward Breaks the 100 Hotels Barrier

We have great news! We now have more than 100 hotels donating their unsold rooms to our scheme and making a real difference to the charity sector. We welcome the following new partners to our scheme. GLH Hotels Le Chateau de la Motte Hamptons by Hilton Bournemouth Hotel Collingwood The Cliff House Hotel Southern Breeze Lodge Town Hall Lodge B&B, Swanage Our hotel partners provide us with the means to make a huge difference to the charity sector and we are hugely grateful to the above and all our hotel partners’ support. Now to reach 1000 hotel partners! If you would like to become a hotel partner and donate your anticipated unsold rooms to make a real difference to the individuals who work so hard to change the lives of others, you can contact our Charity Director Adam Terpening at … Continue reading

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Let’s Find 100 Mandy’s

Can you help us find 100 Mandy’s? Mandy is exceptional, her voluntary role, humbles us all. Mandy is a soul midwife (end of life companion) for Macmillan Caring Locally and now trains other volunteers to do this unique role. She has been recognised by our charity Room to Reward – where hotels donate their unsold rooms to thank amazing volunteers in communities across the UK. Watch Mandy’s story below:

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We are a small charity doing BIG things.

This week is Small Charities Week. Small Charity Week is a campaign week established by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI)  to celebrate and raise the profile of the small charity sector. The week celebrates the contribution small charities make to communities across the UK and further afield! Here at Room to Reward, we like to think we are rather good at making a big impact, despite only being a small charity. Great things come in small packages…we like to think so.

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Meet Doody

Room to Reward has gone from strength to strength over the past six months and in line with this rapid growth, we welcome our very own volunteer, Doody Blake to the team. Doody will be supporting our fundraising efforts at Room to Reward. Doody’s first task is to arrange an exciting ‘Tea&Bubbles’ event this coming August at the Kings Arms, Christchurch. Other fundraising efforts include a Devon coastal walk and perhaps slightly crazily, Rosie and Adam will be abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower in August, all to raise funds for Room to Reward…they are hoping it isn’t a windy day!                

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Helping a Growing Charity Say Thank You

It is lovely to hear how the Room to Reward scheme has helped growing charities like Michael House. We were recently able to help the homeless charity say thank you to two of their dedicated volunteers.    Tracey Harrison and Jenna Milton were both nominated and awarded a short break through the Room to Reward scheme, in recognition of their commitment to Michael House, When asked how she felt about being nominated, community champion Tracey said she was “chuffed” and enjoyed a weekend in Brighton, “…the weather was awful, but that didn’t matter. The hotel was beautiful and they upgraded us.” Jenna Milton owns Creations hairdressing salon in West Parley and regularly visits Michael House to offer haircuts to the residents. Jenna was overwhelmed when hearing of her award as a charity Hidden Hero.  “I did cry a lot when I … Continue reading

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A Four Legged Hero & BBC Spotlight

We are feeling rather chuffed here at Room to Reward, as we have been featured, along with the wonderful Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’s volunteer Pauline and Niven the hearing dog, on the BBC’s Spotlight programme. What more could you wish for, the lovely Janine Jansen telling your charity’s story and lots of footage of quite possibly one of the most inspiring dogs in the UK! Watch the full story here and you will catch a glimpse of the Room to Reward team doing what they do best, recognising those who make the communities we live in stronger and happier places to be. http:/

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