RBH Hospitality Management recently undertook a wellness challenge to walk the equivalent distance of 772 miles to and from its London and Glasgow offices within the month of May, raising funds for its partner charity, 4Louis.
The challenge came as part of the company’s established Tree of Life Health & Wellbeing programme to promote and encourage staff wellbeing, as well as raising money for a worthy cause. During #NationalWalkingMonth in May, members of the team were encouraged to get involved with walking as many miles as possible within four weeks, totalling an impressive 6,893 miles in nine groups of five. As a result, the team raised a total of £3,000, to which RBH has added an additional £2,000 for 4Louis.
The £5,000 donation will be added to a string of RBH’s fundraising efforts since its partnership formed with 4Louis in 2019. With the addition of the Annual Conference & Awards Raffle earlier this year, this now takes the total contribution to £59,880 raised over two years. The UK-wide charity was launched in 2009 by the family of baby Louis – who was stillborn at 38 weeks gestation – to support those affected by miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a baby or child.
In spite of the pandemic, RBH and its portfolio of more than 45 properties have continued to host and join campaigns to raise money for the worthy cause. This particular initiative joined together two core focuses of RBH’s ‘Giving Something Back’ commitment to its people and its community. For the ‘community’ strand of the initiative, RBH has pledged a promise to charitable initiatives, while under the ‘people’ strand, the company seeks to support the physical and mental wellbeing of its employees.
Stuart Houston, who took part in the walking challenge said:
"It was certainly a challenge! Especially considering that we had the coldest and wettest May on record for a long while! Having a worthwhile reason to get up and outside every day after such a long period of being stuck indoors was not only liberating but very rewarding knowing that all money would be going to help the work of 4Louis. It was painful and tiring, but we were helped along by a bit of friendly competition among teammates!”
Martin MacPhail, RBH’s HR Director said:
"I am once again incredibly proud of the team for their ‘can do’ attitudes, willingness to get involved and the commitment of time in such a busy period for our industry. The challenge is yet another example of the outstanding teamwork consistently shown, and the dedication to fundraise, which we know will be gratefully received – and for such a good cause. We are always looking for ways to engage the team in activities that are both beneficial to their own physical and mental health, and also to the community. You often find the two go hand in hand, as people thrive off giving back!”