Dalata Hotel Group has announced details of a charity partnership with CMRF Crumlin, the fundraising body for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and the National Children’s Research Centre.
The commitment from Dalata sees over 3,560 employees throughout Dalata’s 31 Clayton Hotels and Maldron Hotels and partners in the Republic committing to raise €110,000 through fundraising initiatives within their communities and hotels. In addition the board of the hotel group has pledged €40,000 to CMRF Crumlin in support of the Dalata Digs Deep initiative.
A dedicated ‘Crumlin Ambassador’ at each of the group’s properties has volunteered to lead the fundraising.
The ambassadors will motivate employees in each hotel to ‘Dig Deep’, share their ideas and have fun in a bid to achieve the hotel groups collective target of €150,000 and so far staff at the hotels and Central Office have raised €73,000 through local fundraising activities.
Shauna Delaney of the Fitzwilton Hotel, who has volunteered herself as representative ambassador for the fundraising campaign said: “In the build-up for the launch of this partnership, myself and my colleagues representing other hotels in the Dalata Hotel Group, spent a day at the Crumlin Medical Research Centre and conducted a tour of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.”
Ms Delaney added: “It was an eye opener for me to see the incredible work that is being carried out at the hospital but also how necessary and important these funds are. None of us know when a member of our own family or close friend might end up on the doorstep of this wonderful hospital in a moment of crisis, it certainly inspired me to do the very best I can to get behind it”.
In 2015, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital provided care to over 150,000 patients from all corners of Ireland. The National Children’s Research Centre is the centre of paediatric research in Ireland and is part of a global network of research tackling childhood diseases.
Said CMRF Chief Executive Lisa Nicole Dunne: “We are so grateful to Dalata who have really embraced the partnership with CMRF Crumlin. This is evident from the level of activities happening across each hotel and ‘Dalata Digs Deep’ is a wonderful initiative that brings it all together in one big drive for support for sick children.”