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Utterly quackers fundraising at Center Parcs

Press release   •   Jun 12, 2011 00:00 BST

Center Parcs launched its first Charity Partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity in May 2010 and have raised £144, 272.16 in the first year. To mark this amazing milestone the team at Center Parcs and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity hosted a sponsored duck race down the Wild Water Rapids within the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Elveden Forest.

Center Parcs guests sponsored rubber ducks for £2 each, with the winner the King family from Dartford getting a free break at Center Parcs.

The race, which raised £1,906.38, was started by actress Angela Griffin (Coronation Street, Cutting it, Hustle and Holby City) along with four of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s patients, Safiyah Khan,17, Bradford, Chloe Doble, 12, Warminster, Emily Gentry, 16, Ipswich and Louis Wilkins, 6, London.

“The amount the Center Parcs staff and guests have raised so far is really amazing and today has been such fun!” said Angela Griffin “It always a pleasure to do things for Great Ormond Street Hospital, patients and their families always inspire me” she went on to add.

The money raised to date and going forward will be going towards Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s Beds for Bedz appeal. Beds for Bedz aims to keep families together by providing accommodation for parents whilst their children are undergoing treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

“The Center Parcs experience is about families spending quality time together, so when we heard about an opportunity to help Great Ormond Street Hospital keep families together during stressful times, it made perfect sense for us to get involved.” Said Center Parcs’ Chief Executive Officer, Martin Dalby

Notes to editors

For media enquiries about Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, please contact:

Lottie Wilkins at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

Tel: 020 7239 3038


About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity:

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions, from across the country and abroad.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity needs to raise £50 million a year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit

About Center Parcs

As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs occupies a unique position after 22 years of operation in the UK, enjoying enviable annual occupancy rates in excess of 95%. In that time, the name Center Parcs has become synonymous with the provision of an exceptional short break experience in a forest location.

Center Parcs offers its guests short break stays over the weekend (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday), 365 days a year. There are currently four Center Parcs Villages in the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire and Whinfell Forest in Cumbria, each with facilities discreetly hidden in approximately 400 acres of natural woodland.

Contact information

Jessica Marshall-Pearce, Press Officer

Telephone: 01623 821723


Notes to Editors

  1. Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
  2. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
  3. Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 1.7 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
  4. The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
  5. This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK, owned by The Blackstone Group
  6. Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
  7. Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row