Hotel man plans lobby sleep-in for charity

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Premier Inn fund raising

Hotel employee Simon Payne, is spending 48 hours in a bed in the lobby of a Heathrow Premier Inn to raise money for Great Ormand Street Hospital Childrens Charity.

He will be tucked-up over the Easter weekend as guests checkin, checkout and walk around his bed in the lobby of the Premier Inn London Hayes Heathrow (Hyde Park)

Simon, having spent time at Great Ormond Street Hospital as a child, often undertakes challenges to raise funds for the hospital. From a half marathon to a bungee jump, Simon even kick-started his Premier Inn fundraising last year, raising over £300; a target he hopes to beat this year.

Simon Payne, a Team Member at Premier Inn London Hayes, Heathrow (Hyde Park) said: “Many children at Great Ormond Street Hospital don’t have the luxury of even being able to get out of bed because they are so unwell, and so I wanted to see what it was like for them by putting myself in their shoes. Great Ormond Street means a lot to so many, myself included, and so I try to raise funds in any which way I can”.

 Premier Inn has been supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity since 2012, when it pledged to raise £7.5 million towards a brand new medical facility at the hospital. The Premier Inn Clinical Building, named in honour of the partnership, officially opened in January 2018, and provides state of the art facilities including new  in-patient wards, operating theatres and a day case unit, to match the hospital’s  world-class care. Most recently, Premier Inn pledged to raise a further £10 million to help fund a new Sight and Sound Centre, a specialist outpatient centre tailored to the needs of children with sight and hearing loss, which is due to open in 2020.

Simon’s incredible fundraising challenge has already caught the attention of Premier Inn bosses, who invited him and other fundraisers to Great Ormond Street Hospital to see the progress of the new Sight and Sound Centre and to hear first-hand stories of some of the inspirational young people supported by the partnership.

A Premier Inn spokesperson said: “We are blown away by Simon’s fundraising challenge and are incredibly proud of all our employees across the UK and the weird and wonderful ways they come up with to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. We’ve raised £7.5 million towards a new medical facility which has already treated thousands of seriously ill children since opening last year, and it’s thanks to the efforts of people like Simon that we’re well on our way to raising a further £10 million towards a specialist facility to support children and young people with sight and hearing loss too”

He can be sponsored by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-payne15

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