Right from the launch of our Project Build Appeal in 2014, The Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness were keen to offer their support, and set themselves an ambitious target.
The inspiration for the drive to raise £100,000 came from their Managing Director, Tony Story. Highland Hospice holds a very special place for Tony, his wife Anne and their family. Like many families in the Highlands, their families have been supported by the Hospice and they have felt a great comfort from the gratitude for the care they have received.
Kingsmills Hotel General Manager Craig Ewan said, "When Tony approached me and said he wanted us to commit to raising £100,000 for this fantastic new facility at Highland Hospice, we had no idea of the challenge that lay ahead of us. It was only when we got to around 20% of our target that we realised it was going to be more difficult than we had initially anticipated."
"Full credit to our team who really took to the challenge and helped and supported each other throughout. Every event counted and was very much appreciated and I really must thank my team with all my heart."
Their efforts resulted in a phenomenal donation of £114,000. The sum paid for one of the new patient bedrooms.
Amongst their fundraising activity, the hotel staff set up bars at various sporting events, did bungee jumps, trekked across the Grand Canyon, held a masquerade ball, asked guests to donate £1 if they enjoyed their stay, sold tickets for the Great Highland Car Raffle, hosted a quiz night and held two golf days with charity dinners.
Our partnership continues today. The annual Highland Hospice golf day is jointly hosted by the Hospice and the Hotel, as the format was so popular with companies across the Highlands. The 2016 event raised over £30,000.