Staff from Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Southampton, will be taking part in a range of exciting activities from abseiling and dragon boat racing to marathons, to raise £10,000 for Action for Children in 2013. To date the hotel has raised £2000 towards the year-end target. 

Action for Children; a leading children's charity which supports vulnerable and neglected children, has been chosen by staff to be the Hotel's charity partner for 2013.

Jason Nixon, General Manager from Macdonald Botley Park Hotel says "The team at the hotel has really embraced the initiative. What started out as a straight forward fundraising pledge to raise £10,000 for vulnerable and neglected children in our community, is growing into much more. 

"The partnership will also provide exciting life opportunities for young people from Wessex Fostering Project, such as cooking with our award-winning chef and receiving golf lessons with our pro-golfer.   Staff will not only have fun taking part in fundraising activities, but they'll have opportunities to mentor and coach children and young people".

Lauren Fitzgerald, Fundraiser for Action for Children said "We're delighted that Macdonald Botley Park Hotel has chosen us as their charity partner for 2013. The £10,000 they plan to raise and the opportunities they are providing for fostered children,  will make a real difference to our work supporting vulnerable and neglected children. 

As part of Macdonald Botley Park Hotel adopting Action for Children as its Charity of the Year: 

  • The hotel will host a Summer Fun Day and BBQ on 27th July
  • Staff will abseil down the 170 metre Spinmaker Tower in Portsmouth - 25th August 2013
  • A fifteen person crew will take part in the Windsor Dragon Boat Race - September 2013
  • General Manager Jason Nixon will be running in Reading Half Marathon - 17th March, the London Marathon - 21 April and the Bournemouth Marathon - 6th October 2013    
  • There will be cookery lessons with the hotel's award winning chef Robert Quehan
  • There will be swimming lessons for young carers in the hotel's spa
  • There will be golf lessons for young carers with the hotel's pro golfer Mark Smith