In 2013 a scheme was introduced whereby a £1 discretionary donation is added to every guest's bill. Guests are asked on checkout if they would like to donate to our chosen local charity and we then match every £1 donated by our guests. Our current chosen charity is the St Michael’s Hospice. If you are a local charity and would like to be considered for our fundraising scheme please contact us.
The George in Rye provided £1,000 worth of sponsorship towards a place in the 2016 London Marathon. Gemma Brooks, who married at The George in 2008, was chosen as the winner of the place and raised £1,800. All proceeds went to the NSPCC’s Childline appeal.
Rye & District Community Transport received £1,008 this summer. RDCT’s Chairman John Izod was delighted to receive the donation. “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the George’s guests and very grateful to the hotel and its management and staff for organising the collection. RDCT operates the 326 Rye Town service without financial support so we have a big hole to fill to ensure that we maintain the 326 and all the other services that we provide. Donations like this are a big help and also encourage us to continue in our efforts.”
The Rye & District Day Centre provide help and social interaction to the elderly people of Rye and the surrounding villages. They became the latest beneficiary of the George's Guest Check Out scheme in July. Dave Pellen, from the Centre, said, “This very kind and wonderful donation allows the Rye and District Day Centre to ensure that the costs of providing services to the elderly community of Rye and surrounding villages are kept at an affordable level, which in turn aids the well-being of the members, allowing us to provide just that little more help and support."
St Michael’s Hospice offers specialist, palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses in Hastings and Rother, an area which serves over 175,000 people, including residents of Rye. The Hospice welcomes around 400 in-patients; provides 3,700 Hospice at Home visits; and offers 1,000 hours of bereavement counselling. In order to offer such specialist and professional care, the Hospice must raise nearly £10,000 every day. The Hospice was our chosen charity in April and May 2015 and received over £1,000.
The George in Rye has donated over £1,000 to Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Demelza supports families across Kent, South East London and East Sussex, ''adding life to days when days cannot be added to life''. In June, five women from Rye will take part in the Demelza 101 Challenge when they climb Ben Nevis to raise funds for the charity. Thirteen year old Rye boy Daniel Thomas has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and has respite care at Demelza. His mother, Kate, is one of the team who will be climbing the mountain in June. The George’s donation will be added to their fundraising efforts.
The George is the latest contributor to the Mary Shipstone Fund which was set up by 7 year old Mary's family following her tragic murder at the hands of her abusive father in September 2014. Mary and her family had been on the run for many years and Mary had been receiving music therapy at The Music Well to help her deal with the emotional trauma of her situation. The Music Well are now wishing to build the fund to provide music therapy sessions for other traumatised, abused and neglected children and their families. The George donated £1,014 to the fund via the Guest Check Out Scheme.
The George in Rye was proud to host The Oliver Curd Trust Christmas Party in December in the Regency ballroom and £1,000 was presented to the Trust on the evening which was raised via the guest check-out scheme. The Trust was set up in memory of Oliver who was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, Ewings Sarcoma, and lost his long brave fight with the disease in November 2007. The objective and purpose of the charity is to provide fully-equipped holiday accommodation to families supporting children and young people in the UK suffering from childhood cancer and other life threatening illnesses. The Oliver Curd Trust is a charity that seeks to provide holiday memories, happiness and periods of escape for these children and their families during very difficult and trying times.
£1,075 was donated to local charity, Charity for Kids. Their aim is to to help sick, disabled & terminally-ill children in the Hastings and Rye area by providing them with equipment that they need or funding services they may require. There are no wages at Charity for Kids, it is run entirely by volunteers and all funds raised go back into the Community.
£1,050 was presented to ARRCC (Activities, Respite, Rehabilitation, Care Centres) in Rye. ARRCC provides a range of support, advice and training opportunities for physically and sensory impaired adults aged 18 + with the aim of helping members develop abilities, learn new skills, encourage social inclusion and enable people to live independently. They try to give disabled adults the confidence to make the most of their lives and give them access to all the opportunities available to the wider community.
£1,050 was donated to the Seaview Project in Hastings. Seaview offers services for some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in the Hastings and St Leonards community. Seaview is a wellbeing centre and aims to provide an open access Day Centre where people can find help, friendship, comfort and inspiration, to help them access decent and affordable accommodation and to enable them to achieve self-dependence.
£1,000 was donated to the NSPCC's "Now I Know" campaign which aims to protect primary school children from abuse and neglect. The money raised will go towards putting specially trained volunteers into primary schools across the UK. For more information on the campaign please click here.
Over £1,000 was raised by The George and its guests for the Sara Lee Trust - a local charity which provides complementary therapies, counselling and creative therapies to people in Hastings & Rother living through cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Click here for more information.
The Rye & District Day Centre is the latest beneficiary of The George's scheme to support local charities. The Centre provides help and social interaction to the elderly people of Rye and the surrounding villages. Click here to read more.
A total of £1,316 was raised for the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in September 2013. The Air Ambulance plays a vital role in the Rye area in getting casualties to hospital quickly, responding to everything from car to horse riding accidents. Click here for more information.