582 miles for Charity – raises £6,500 and counting !

As part of a European wide fund raising appeal, the “Around the World” in a Day challenge in Essex centered on the Hilton London Stansted Airport on Sunday June 6th.

The various teams competing completed over 582 miles in the day in the gym and running around the perimeter of the Hotel. More local Essex schools added to the total miles completed this week with hundreds of disabled and non-disabled young people adding 76 miles to the total.

All proceeds raised in Stansted will be donated to Panathlon Challenge which, is able to offer free training courses, specialist equipment supply, coaching funds and multi-sport competitions, in various towns around Essex. Young disabled people with a range of abilities come together and are able to compete in different sports.

Hilton Worldwide team members, charity partners and the public all worked together on the day in over 75 hotels and offices across Europe, collectively traveling 31,825 miles –making it around the circumference of the earth – 24,901.55 miles – with distance to spare.

Danny Crates, Paralympic Gold Medallist and Panathlon charity patron who is from Essex says, “Congratulations to all the runners, rowers, bikers and everyone that managed a total of 583 miles and raised over £6,500 for our Panathlon Charity! Thank you Hilton Foundation”

Ashley Iceton from Panathlon said: “The Panathlon Challenge is delighted to be working with Hilton in the Community and Around the World in a Day. The Panathlon Challenge benefits hundreds of disabled young people in Essex and thousands more around the country. Every penny raised through Around the World in a Day, will be invested back in to specialist sports equipment for local Essex Schools and young disabled people.”

According to Andrew Brett, General Manager at Hilton London Stansted Airport, this year’s event was an opportunity for the community to get together and to have fun in support of a great cause. Andrew said ”“I was so impressed to see so many people taking the time and effort to help out and we had a lot of fun along the way. I think everyone will have tired legs but it was certainly worth it to help such a good local cause! Thank you so much to all the participants and to everyone who supported us.”

To find out more information please call 020 7605 7641 or www.hilton-foundation.org.uk