Dalhousie Castle and Spa, part of the Robert Parker Collection of hotels located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, has joined the inspirational ‘room to reward’ scheme. Leading the way in the hospitality sector as the first charity of its kind, this exciting and inspiring new scheme offers the hotel industry the opportunity to give back to the community by recognising and rewarding deserving individuals who are the real hidden heroes in many registered charities.
The brain child and founder of the charity Nicolas Roach, Chairman of the Nicolas James Group came up with the idea of hotels donating vacant rooms to a deserving individual with a complimentary stay on a bed and breakfast basis.
John Badley, General Manager at Dalhousie said: “We are thrilled to have been invited to take part in this unique scheme. It is really important to support the community and the selfless individuals working hard within charity organisations to make a better life for those who are suffering and in need.”
With the new scheme, Dalhousie has chosen its two charities to offer the rooms to they are, Bright Sparks, Bonnyrigg and Lifesavers Scotland, a charity very close to John’s heart as he already volunteers for them.
John goes on to say: “This really is a superb opportunity for our organisation to open our doors, and our hearts to give something back, which will mean so much to those who would ordinarily not have the chance to enjoy what is a very special hotel experience at Dalhousie Castle.”
It can, occasionally be the case that hotels will find themselves with unoccupied bedrooms, and all leading hotels have been invited to sign up for the scheme. There are many deserving heroes who go unnoticed, and who give their time willingly for charities, both on a volunteer and low salary basis. The ‘room to reward’ scheme offers those hidden heroes the chance to take some well-deserved time, either for themselves or by spending quality time with their loved ones.
Appointed by Nicolas Roach to set up the charity, Adam Terpening a charity trustee and a former Director of Harbour Hotels said: “We are delighted to announce that Dalhousie Castle has joined us as a new hotel partner. We are thrilled to introduce the first Scottish hotel to our scheme, which will now enable us to provide deserving breaks to hidden heroes in this unique and beautiful part of the world. It’s thanks to the generosity and kindness of our hotel partners, such as Dalhousie Castle, that allows Room to Reward to go from strength to strength and we hope that this inspires other hoteliers to sign-up.”
Unsung hidden heroes are the men and women who can be overlooked in the grand scheme of things, working tirelessly in the background but who are normally the ones making the greatest sacrifice to care for others and contribute to society, often without reward or little thought for themselves.