As part of Lancaster House’s commitment to local charities, members of the hotel team recently swopped their chef’s whites and uniforms for Gardening gloves and Wellington Boots for Heysham-based charity Primrose House The local residential care home which provides dedicated 24-hour care for severely disabled young adults had a back garden in desperate need of a Horticultural make-over. 10 years of thorn and weed growth had overgrown a sizeable area and was preventing the residents from enjoying this spacious area.
Helen Luszczak, Wedding Coordinator, Dave Jarret, Head of Maintenance, Damien Ng, Head Chef, Emma Underwood, Operations Manager, and Ricky Robinson also from the maintenance department
They were also joined by Tim Bell, General Manager who is Chair of Trustees for Primrose House and a keen supporter and fund-raiser for the charity.
“It was a certainly a very different day for us” Tim comments. “The sheer scale of the gardening challenge was very daunting when we first arrived in the morning, but thanks to some great team work and a few handy tools lent to us by a local landscape gardening firm, we were able to completely clear the area in just 5 hours. Now, the residents and staff can fully appreciate the back garden and enjoy the nice weather we’re hopefully looking forward to this Spring and Summer”
The team were recently awarded Gold status in the Green Business Tourism scheme thanks to efforts and projects such as the gardening day at Primrose House and are looking forward to helping more local charities and projects in the future.
At 12 noon on Tuesday, 28th March the Lancaster House team began their challenge to row the circumference of fourteen Lake District lakes – 105 miles in total to be completed non-stop within 24 hours.
Abraham, 10, adopted by Lancaster House
Their motivation, to raise money for Abraham, the African orphan from Open Arms Village in Eldeoret, Kenya who the team support on a monthly basis, providing essential food, clothes, accommodation and education.
Tim Bell, General Manager started the rowing and with support from every department, an incredible forty-eight people took part throughout the day and night at fifteen minute intervals. It didn’t take long to get competitive – well done to Nick Matthews who completed the longest distance of 3,901 metres in one session and Gary Tennant rowed the furthest completing 16,088 metres in 5 sessions.
Special mention to Josh O, Tom, Josh W, Gary and Amy who took the midnight to 6.30 am shift, completing an amazing 75,185 metres between them. Donations for the event currently stand at £164.75 and can still be made at www.justgiving.com/thelakesrowathon.
The Night Shift Team!
Smashing their target, the team rowed 172.59 miles! Such dedication and enthusiasm to help a young African orphan boy that they have not met speaks volumes about the care, commitment and heart of the Lancaster House team. We salute you!
As part of English Lakes support for Open Arms International, the team at Lancaster House are aiming to row the equivalent distance of the shore-lengths of all 14 lakes in the Lake District in under a day.
Abraham, 10, adopted by Lancaster House
Lancaster House has recently adopted 10-year old Abraham and will be supporting the young orphan who lives at the Open Arms Village in Kenya. To raise funds for Abraham’s continual care, development and education, the team will be taking continual 15 minute turns and rowing the 100+ mile distance over a gruelling 24 hour period on one of the hotel’s rowing machines. The exact distance remains a closely guarded secret and a competition to guess the precise distance will be run in conjunction with the Row-a-thon.
Lynn and Gary from the Restaurant team gearing up for the 24-hour row-a-thon
The team will commence the challenge at 3pm on Wednesday 28th March and it will take place in the main hotel reception area at Lancaster House. The hotel would welcome anyone to come down and support the event if they can, however donations can be made online.
Always up for a physical challenge for charity, the Lancaster team have also recently biked the equivalent distance of John-o-Groats to Lands end in 48 hours, successfully completed the British 24-hour 3-peaks challenge, both of which were for Open Arms, and more recently 2 team members summited Kilimanjaro for local charity Children Today.
Wish the team the best of luck!