Center Parcs raises more than £500k for Together for Short Lives
Leading short break provider Center Parcs has just announced they have raised more than half a million pounds for UK charity Together for Short Lives. The two organisations worked together previously, with the provision of Center Parcs breaks to families supported by the charity, then Together for Short Lives was chosen as the company’s main charity partner in June 2016.
With family time at the heart of what they do, both organisations are committed to raising as much money and awareness for the charity and the families they help. More than 49,000 children in the UK are living with a life-limiting condition and only 10% of the funds needed to keep the family support services and 54 children’s hospices open, are provided by the Government. This means the charity heavily relies on public and corporate fundraising.
In the last two years and five months, with the help of generous staff and guests, Center Parcs has raised funds which have included guest donations when making a short break booking and match-funding from the company. Center Parcs villages around the UK have also been busy raising money for their local hospices through activities such as rubber duck races down the Wild Water Rapids, raffles and sponsored challenges.
Martin Dalby, Center Parcs CEO said:
“We are a successful business and it has always been important to me that we give something back. This partnership has been amazing because we have been able to make a difference to families, with less time than most, nationally and locally. It’s not just the funds raised and awareness we have helped to spread but also the relationships that have been created and the opportunities to lend our energy and expertise to hospice projects through the volunteering programme too. I’m so proud of the team and all the energy and enthusiasm they have invested in this partnership.”