The General Managers who took part consisted of Lindsay Steele, General Manager for Mercure Ayr Hotel, Dan Granfield, General Manager for Mercure Glasgow City Hotel, Fraser Peterkin, General Manager for Mercure Inverness Hotel, Gabriella Maltesics, General Manager for Mercure Perth Hotel and James Fraser, Jupiter Hotels Cluster General Manager for Scotland. The whole group found the climb to a be a bigger physical and mental challenge than they had originally anticipated, with some being afraid of heights and others whose only previous walking experience consisted of roaming the hotel or taking the dog for a local stroll.
The final member of the team Jamie Milligan, General Manager for the Holiday Inn Dumfries, completed the challenge separately due to injury on the day, so Dan Grandfield, General Manager for the Mercure Glasgow City Hotel accompanied him meaning Dan climbed Ben Lomond twice!
Jupiter Hotels Cluster General Manager for Scotland, James Fraser, spoke of the group’s accomplishment, “The team and I felt passionately that we wanted to do something special and raise money for Rays of Sunshine after seeing some of the amazing things they do for poorly children and their families. This climb was definitely a personal mission for all of us but something we are really proud to have completed together.”
Commenting on Jupiter Hotels Scottish General Manager’s amazing contribution, Jane Sharpe, CEO for Rays of Sunshine said, “Rays of Sunshine is honoured and grateful that the Scottish General Managers have climbed such great heights for us and raised a fantastic amount for the charity. It is only with the support of our valued partners, such as Jupiter Hotels and all the individuals involved, that we can continue to make magical wishes come true and create special memories.”
Rays of Sunshine is a national children’s charity, which brightens the lives of seriously ill children (aged three – 18) and their families across the UK. Their work includes granting special wishes, working with children’s hospitals and hospices to host activity days and grant Hospital Ward Wishes as well as organising large-scale outings and events.