Hospitality Action Christmas auction raises record-breaking £5,000

By Hannah Thompson contact

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Hospitality Action Christmas auction raises record-breaking £5,000
The thirteenth annual Hospitality Action Christmas online auction has raised a record-breaking £5,000, ahead of this year’s holiday season.

The prizes, which were available via bids online as the auction ran from 1 December to 9 December, included a three-course lunchtime meal at The River Café in London; an overnight stay at The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, North Yorkshire; a bottle of Champagne, a selection of meze and shisha at Baku Bistro in Mayfair; and a specially-created artisan Christmas cake created by patisserie chef Thomas Leatherbarrow with Bidvest Foodservice.

The auction raised £1,000 more than last year's total of £4,000. 

All the funds raised will go to support Hospitality Action, which seeks to provide financial and emotional help to present and past hospitality workers fallen on hard times. Last year it spent over £600,000 in support.

It also runs the Employee Assistance Programme, with 100 subscribing companies representing 100,000 employees who have access to assistance all year round.

The news of the record-breaking auction amount comes just a day after a survey from distributor Matthew Clark found that hospitality staff will work an average of 28 hours overtime​ this Christmas, and could thus risk missing out on social and wellbeing activities, such as dating, pampering themselves, watching TV, exercising, or learning.

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