Colleagues at The Runnymede on Thames have been taking on all sorts of challenges to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Here’s what they’ve been getting up to…

At the beginning of each year, the whole team at The Runnymede on Thames votes for the chosen charity we’ll be supporting throughout the year. This year, the Alzheimer’s Society was selected, and each department of the hotel was given a target of £300 to raise. It’s an opportunity for colleagues to get as inventive as they like and we’ve had everything from cupcake and doughnut sales to a silent auction to raise money for the charity.

The Lounge and Leftbank teams even went to a car boot sale in September, raising almost £250. Other people at the car boot sale spotted they were there for charity on behalf of The Runnymede on Thames, and even donated some of their goods for the team to sell!

Some of our more active-minded team members have donned their fitness gear to achieve brilliant results too.

One group did the Surrey Memory Walk, run by the Alzheimer’s Society. “We did it last year and everyone enjoyed it, so we decided to do it again this year,” said Luisa Pais, PA to the General Manager at The Runnymede on Thames. “A group of 10 of us from all different departments did it. It’s great because it brought us all together and it felt good to represent The Runnymede on Thames and our chosen charity.” They raised an impressive £875 between them.

Another group – this one from the Sales and Reservations teams – did the Windsor Half Marathon. Calling themselves The tROTters – giving a fun nod to The Runnymede on Thames acronym – this group did a brilliant job of tackling the notoriously hilly course, raising £925 for The Alzheimer’s Society in the process.

Our Bar and Lounge Manager, Paul Collyer, ran the Richmond Marathon this year with his daughter, who took part in one of the children’s runs. Having done a couple of half marathons previously, Paul decided this was the year to tick off doing a full marathon for the first time.

“When you’re running for a charity, you tend to get talking to people running for the same charity,” he says. “It was great wearing the charity t-shirt and having my name written on the back. All the support I got from people certainly gave me the extra motivation I needed to finish it.” Paul raised a superb £589 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Spurred on by this year’s successes, more colleagues looking to set themselves a challenge are already planning to get together for further charity events next year. “A few of us are going to do some local half marathons together early next year,” Paul says. “Given our location on the River Thames, we’d also love to do the Thames Path Challenge together. That would be phenomenal.”

Not every charity challenge at The Runnymede on Thames is a physical feat. “For those who aren’t mad enough to do a half or full marathon, we also do charity walks together, where people bring their dogs along too,” says Paul. “It’s fun to get together outside of our work environment.”

Last year the hotel raised more than £11,000 for its chosen charity and we’re hoping to smash that amount this year. Judging by all these successes so far, we look set to accomplish our target.