Sticky fingers, warm hearts and happy memories

As part of their Charity of the Year partnership Four Pillars Hotels invited patients and their families from Bristol Royal Hospital for Children to spend the afternoon decorating cakes and biscuits at their Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel

It was a wonderful afternoon providing a break for over 16 children and their families from hospital.  There were sticky fingers and big smiles all round, let alone some amazingly decorated cakes and biscuits which would give Mary Berry a run for her money!

Tortworth Court had thought of every detail from providing chef whites and hats to chef’s Ben and Nigel being on hand to help make rocky road and rice crispy cakes and every flavour of icing imaginable!  There was no stopping the creativity as hats and jackets were also decorated!

But this was more than an afternoon of creativity.

Elaine Eastman of the Play Department at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children explains:

“For a child to be able to come out of hospital for half a day and be able to forget about hospital and do normal things is just priceless.  It was lovely to be able to involve siblings and parents because often when you have a sick child in hospital there are very few occasions when the family is all together. Some of the children have life-limiting conditions – so these good memories are so very important for the whole family.”

Liz Heneghan, Human Resources Manager, Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel said:

 “It’s been heart warming to see everyone happy and enjoying themselves.  We’re so pleased to be able to make a small difference to the children and their families by bringing them out of hospital and into our world for the afternoon.” 

Charlotte Williams, age 12 who left with a bag of delicious goodies and beaming from ear to ear said:

“It was amazing!”

The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children cares for over 60,000 children from across the South West each year. We are incredibly grateful for the support companies like Four Pillars Hotels who help us to make a very real difference to patients and their families.   In addition to the cake decorating, the teams at Tortworth Court and Cotswold Water Park have been busy fundraising throughout the year.  There have been cabaret nights, raffles, zumbathons, half marathons and General Managers trading places with housekeeping for the day!

To find out about how your company can help support Bristol’s hospitals please contact Lorna Clarke, Head of Corporate Partnerships on 0117 370 0842 or lorna.clarke@aboveandbeyond.org.uk

For further details on Four Pillars Hotels and their charity work visit www.four-pillars.co.uk/charity

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