Aberdeen hoteliers unite in fight against cancer

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Hoteliers from across Aberdeen joined forces at the weekend to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

General managers from a number of hotels in the Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association (ACSHA) took to the streets for the first-ever Workathon, a sponsored walk between a number of the city’s hotels.

At each hotel, the walkers completed a hotel-based challenge before moving on to their next destination. The charity challenge will support an organisation close to the hoteliers’ hearts, the Teenage Cancer Trust, which has aided Abigail Cox, the daughter of hotelier Gary Cox, in recent months.

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Chris McGuinness, chairman of ACSHA, said: “At each hotel we visited, we undertook a different hotel-related challenge. From making beds and cleaning windows to serving coffee and setting up function rooms, the Workathon saw general managers from hotels across the region getting stuck in to all the important tasks that keep a hotel running smoothly.

“We have all worked our way up through the hotel business, so the Workathon has seen us returning to the first ever jobs we held in the industry, all in the name of a fantastic cause.”

The Workathon – which covered a 12 mile route through the city – forms part of ACSHA’s £20,000 fundraising pledge for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

ACSHA has 45 member hotels across the region, and each is being asked to raise at least £450 towards the target. Teenage Cancer Trust pin badges are being sold at receptions, and an online fundraising page has been set up.

The money will be handed over to the Teenage Cancer Trust, which operates all over the UK, at the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards dinner and dance on January 30th next year.

Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association represents 45 independently operated hotels and conference venues. These hotels provide around 4,100 bedrooms in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

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