Follow Center Parcs

Center Parcs crosses the finish line, raising £500,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

Press release   •   Apr 25, 2013 00:00 BST

Center Parcs Directors pedal 125 miles to bring the company's fundraising total to half a million pounds!

Marking the end of its three year partnership, today Center Parcs celebrates reaching its £500,000 target for Great Ormond Street Hospital as its Directors cross the finish line in one last challenge.

On 23 and 24 April, six Center Parcs Directors cycled 125 miles - from the company Head Office in Nottinghamshire to the new site at Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire - raising £25,481 to push Center Parcs' overall fundraising total to £500,000.

Center Parcs' CEO Martin Dalby, Chairman Martin Robinson and fellow Directors Colin Whaley, Judi Leavor, Paul Inglett and Paul Kent completed Center Parcs’ final challenge for the charity in 13 hours, receiving over 240 donations.

Since 2010, Center Parcs has been raising much-needed funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity Beds for Bedz appeal, aiming to keep families together by providing accommodation for parents whilst their children are undergoing treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

During this time, with the help of generous staff and guests, Center Parcs raised half a million pounds through 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 through activities such as rubber duck races down the Wild Water Rapids, teddy bear hunts and sponsored skydiving.

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, said: “We’re thrilled that Center Parcs and its guests have raised an incredible £500,000 for our Beds for Bedz appeal. Throughout our partnership we have been constantly impressed by the dedication, enthusiasm and imagination of Center Parcs staff, whether they were taking on a 125-mile bike ride or organising a Wild Water Rapids duck race!

“The money raised by Center Parcs is making a real difference for patients, helping us keep families together by providing accommodation for parents whilst their children are being treated at the hospital. We would like to thank everyone at Center Parcs for their support and generosity over the past three years.”

Martin Dalby, CEO, Center Parcs, added: “It was an amazing feeling cycling over the finish line today, what an incredible end to our three year partnership with this really worthy cause. We're extremely proud to have reached £500,000 and would like to thank our guests, staff and anyone else who has generously donated over the years, we couldn’t have done it without your support!”

You can see pictures and updates from the route and finish line at @CenterParcsUK #GOSHcycle.

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