This year’s Walk For Wellbeing in support of Hospitality Action, which took place across the UK between 8th – 16th October has raised over £80,000 and there is still time to donate.
The nation were challenged to put on their walking shoes and join either a hosted 20km walk in London, Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow or a ‘take part any time’ challenge.
Funds raised will be donated to industry charity Hospitality Action who support all those who work, or have worked, in the UK hospitality sector. From the start of 2020 until now, Hospitality Action has awarded well over 9,000 grants totalling £2.8 million pounds: more than any other period in their 185 year history. Already this autumn Hospitality Action have experienced a 30% increase in applications for financial support while more than 50% of applicants are presenting with household arrears such as rent or utilities placing many at risk of homelessness. Meanwhile 35% of beneficiaries are directly referencing mental health issues in their application, often reporting that this is exacerbated by financial problems.
The event saw the hospitality industry pull together to fundraise for the cause, with donations being used to support the mental, emotional and financial wellbeing of those within the industry.
Founder of UK hospitality talent partner, mum and Walk For Wellbeing, Craig Prentice, said: “I’m in absolute awe of how people have rallied and got involved with this year’s Walk For Wellbeing in support of Hospitality Action. In true hospitality spirit, people have come together to make great things happen. With a challenging few months ahead for the industry, it feels amazing to have collectively achieved what we have, everyone involved should be super proud, a huge thank you to each and every one of you.”
Mark Lewis, Chief Executive, Hospitality Action says: “In a time of uncertainty it’s fantastic to know that we can always rely on our amazing supporters to go the extra mile to raise money for hospitality families facing crisis this winter. Walk for Wellbeing was a triumph and the fact we’ve raised over £80,000 is testimony to the generosity and determination of our 400 wonderful fundraisers and their friends.”
Fundraising closes at 2pm on Tuesday 1st November so there is still time to share, support and sponsor.
Walk For Wellbeing is powered by UK hospitality talent partner, mum, in partnership with Caterer.com, Davidson Asset Management (DAM) and The Caterer. The campaign is also supported by Sean Wheeler Consulting Limited, Lexington Catering, Tonic Talent, The Manchester Hoteliers Association and The Relationship.
Learn more at: www.walkforwellbeing.org