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Our Charitable Trust

Over the past 40 years the Macdonald family has proactively supported charitable initiatives positively impacting education, youth work, welfare of children and the elderly.

The Macdonald family created the Macdonald Trust with a focus on raising cash for their nominated charities. Mr Donald Macdonald, and his wife Christine, donate the proceeds of their total personal shareholding in the Macdonald Hotels to charitable trusts. This means that over 70% of the distributable revenue and capital profit derived from Macdonald Hotels since 2003 has gone to charity and will continue to do so.

When you stay at a Macdonald Hotel or Resort we will add £1 to your bill and then match this with a donation of our own. This small gift is entirely optional, but please take time to learn about our chosen charities, and hopefully you'll say yes at check-out.

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts are proud to support the following nominated charities:

  • Place2Be is the leading children’s mental health charity working in 257 schools, reaching 105,000 children in England, Scotland and Wales. We provide in-school counselling services for vulnerable children so they have someone to turn to when they need it most. Without support, children facing challenges such as bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown and neglect can easily go off the rails. Place2Be counselling services help stop the downward spiral, resulting in happier children who are able to learn.

    • One in 10 children aged between five and 16 years have a mental health problem. Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic support for children where they need it most – in school.
    • We intervene early – half of adult mental illness begins before the age of 14. By intervening early Place2Be tackles problems before they develop into bigger issues later in life.
    • We support the whole school community – supporting children, parents and teachers we help to build mentally healthy schools where all children can thrive.
  • The Prince’s Trust helps 13 to 30 year olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. As the UK’s leading charity for young people, The Prince’s Trust listen to their issues and concerns in order to provide the best possible support. The Prince’s Trust’s free programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Many of the young people that The Prince’s Trust help are in, or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. Their free programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives.