As the capital prepares itself for a summer of sport, 23 Marriott Hotels in London have set themselves a 24 hour sporting challenge to raise money for charity.


The hotels have arranged a baton relay between every property, with each hotel tasked with taking part in a sporting activity for 24 hours to generate funds for Marriott’s designated charities, before passing the baton on. The baton relay is expected to reach its final destination – Marriott Lingfield Park Hotel & Country Club in Surrey – on July 26.

“The hotels have dreamed up all sorts of fun sports ideas to raise money including frisbee throwing, skipping and football. The key thing is that they have to keep the activity going for 24 hours,” said Govert Deketh, Chairman of the Marriott London Business Council’s Charity Committee.

The relay is part of a year of activities aimed at raising money for two charities - Help a Capital Child and the Fairbridge programme which is part of youth charity The Prince’s Trust.

Govert, General Manager of the London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch, took part in a 24 hour non stop workout at the hotel in London’s George Street, W1, including yoga and riding an exercise bike, raising £427 towards the target.

Marriott is hoping to raise £100,000 for Help a Capital Child this year has already raised over £70,000 through the annual Burn's Night Ball and a recent associates (staff) challenge.

Recent fund raising for the Fairbridge programme included a  ‘Mission Impossible’ challenge involving a series of team challenges by hotel general managers which raised over £10,000.  Marriott is hoping to raise £100,000 overall for the programme.

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