Cotswold Inns and Hotels raise £18,085.72 for Acorns Children's Hospice

Over £18,000 raised for Acorns Multi-Sensory Room Refurbishment

Local hotel group, Cotswold Inns and Hotels have raised £18,085.72 for Acorns Children's Hospice, which will pay for a full refurbishment of their much-loved and well-used specialist multi-sensory room.

Cotswold Inns and Hotels own nine properties around the Cotswolds in Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. The company was launched in 1997 by Michael and Pamela Horton when they purchased their first hotel; The Broadway Hotel in Worcestershire (pictured).

Acorns for the Three Counties, on the Bath Road, Worcester, is the chosen charity for Cotswold Inns and Hotels due to very close family ties, and having now supported the charity for over 5 years, the hotel group have raised nearly £50,000 in total from a variety of staff initiatives, charity events and kind donations from guests.

This year, fundraising efforts stepped up a notch as Managing Director, Paul Davis, took on the challenge of a lifetime – the London Marathon. Paul successfully completed the Marathon in 4:51:36 and the fundraising surrounding this event helped Cotswold Inns and Hotels to hand over a cheque to Acorns for a staggering £18,085.72.

The money raised will pay for a full refurbishment of the multi-sensory Room at Acorns for the Three Counties, as well as replacing and updating the existing sensory equipment.

Mandie Fitzgerald, Community Fundraising Manager, said: "We rely on the generosity of the local community for the nearly £10 million it costs to provide our care every year, so we’re hugely grateful to Paul and all the staff at Cotswold Inns for their commitment and support.

"The multi-sensory room is an important part of the care we provide at the hospice, opening up a whole new world for children and young people; generating a relaxing and calming experience, but also providing stimulation."

Multi-sensory therapy at Acorns is provided by trained physiotherapists and uses a combination of light, sound and touch to offer children and young people with cognitive and sensory impairments and other challenging conditions the opportunity to enjoy and control a variety of sensory experiences.

On behalf of Cotswold Inns and Hotels, Paul said; "I've been overwhelmed by the generosity of all those who have donated and we're delighted to be helping Acorns to refurbish their sensory room with these funds - thank you."

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