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Four UK Hyatt Hotels raise funds for Rays of Sunshine to grant wishes for seriously ill children

Today, General Managers from four UK Hyatt Hotels came together to celebrate raising £2,400 for Rays of Sunshine,, a children’s charity that grants wishes for seriously ill children aged three to 18 across the UK. Throughout the month of April all four Hyatt hotels asked guests to add £1 to their hotel bill to be donated to the charity. Participating hotels included Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Andaz London Liverpool Street and Hyatt Place London Heathrow.

Area Vice President & General Manager for Hyatt Hotels UK & Ireland, Arnaud de Saint-Exupery, said:

“We are very proud to support such a wonderful charity as part of Hyatt’s Global Month of Community Service and it was an honour to be able to make one of Millie-Mae’s wishes comes true early this year. We are delighted that we were able to raise a significant amount to go towards helping the wonderful work and amazing people that make up the Rays of Sunshine Charity.”

Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine, added:

“We’re so grateful to the generosity of Hyatt Hotels and their guests for raising such a fantastic amount of money throughout the month of April for Rays of Sunshine. The money raised will enable us to continue to grant magical wishes for brave and deserving children across the UK. Rays of Sunshine receives no government funding and therefore, we rely on the support of the general public and companies, like Hyatt, to make our work possible.”

Earlier in the year, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill also granted a wish for 12-year-old Millie-Mae, from Clacton-on-Sea, who is currently living with a rare genetic disorder and who’s greatest wish was to have afternoon tea with ‘The Queen’.

To make her greatest wish come true, Rays of Sunshine organised for Millie-Mae and her family to travel to London, by limousine where she arrived in style at the five star Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill’s The Montagu restaurant. “The Queen”, lookalike greeted Millie-Mae and her family at the table before spending the afternoon chatting all things regal over a very British afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and plenty of cups of tea. Whilst in London the family also got to visit Spun Candy in Spitafields, where Millie-Mae was treated to a Candy making masterclass.  The exciting day gave Millie-Mae the opportunity to feel like a true VIP and for the family to create some unforgettable memories.