Hilton Strathclyde Steps Up To Around The World In A Day For Charity

This information originated in UK English.

June 12, 2009

BELLSHILL, UK -  Hilton Strathclyde is inviting the local community to travel "Around the World in a Day" on Sunday June 14th as part of Hilton in the Community Foundation's annual national charity event.

All proceeds raised from this year's event in Bellshill, sponsored by Precor fitness equipment, will be donated to DebRA, a charity for Scottish sufferers of the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
The effort in Bellshill is part of a national challenge. Hilton team members, charity partners and the public will all be working together on the day in over 70 hotels and offices all over the country, collectively aiming to travel the circumference of the earth - 24,901.55 miles.

Hilton hotels will also be competing to see who can cover the most miles and Hilton Strathclyde might be in with a fighting chance as super-fit gym instructor Don Lennox will be taking to the treadmill. Don is currently in training to smash the Guinness World Record for running across America from San Francisco to New York, meaning he will have to run an average of 70 miles a day for 45 days.

At Hilton Strathclyde participants will aim to cover as much distance as possible by taking part in a team challenge in the LivingWell Health Club using cardiovascular equipment. The hotel staff will be completing sponsored miles and would welcome any support from the local community or any local teams who wanted to enter.

According to Jill Newbigging, hotel manager, this year's event is another fantastic opportunity for the community to get together and to have fun in support of a great cause.

"It doesn't matter what age you are or your fitness level, every bit of effort helps! To get involved all you have to do is register in advance and come and join us on June 14th for an amazing day of summer fun and exercise."

Jaye Hamilton, fundraising manager for DebRA Scotland said: "We are hugely grateful for the support of everyone at Hilton Strathclyde who will be putting in huge efforts to reach their challenge of travelling around the world in a day. This is an extraordinary event that will do a fantastic job in raising awareness about our work and about Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)"

Around the World in a Day is being supported this year by Gladiators from Sky One's news series. Enigma, Doom, Siren, Amazon and Warrior attended the event's launch and a Gladiator team will be competing in the Team Challenge at one of the Hilton hotels this summer. Participants around the country can then pit their times against those of the muscle-bound stars throughout the day via a live internet link-up.

Registration packs, including an event t-shirt cost just £5. To register or to find out more information please call 020 7605 7641 or log onto www.hilton-foundation.org.uk

About the Hilton in the Community Foundation
Hilton in the Community Foundation was founded in 2000 as Hilton Hotels' charity dedicated to supporting young people in need. Focused on disabled children, children in hospitals, hospices and homelessness, grants supporting disadvantaged young people are made in the UK and Ireland, while in the event of international disaster; grants are made to relief organisations at the Trustees' discretion.

In 2008 the Foundation awarded £1.24 million to 294 charitable organisations benefiting over 200,000 young people.

The Foundation's core costs are funded by Hilton Hotels, so every net pound or Euro raised goes directly to good causes. Donations are funded almost entirely through the generous efforts and contributions of Hilton team members, family and friends and with the support of Hilton guests and company suppliers.
To find out more please take a look at our website: www.hilton-foundation.org.uk


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