Charity training appeal
BUSINESSES are being challenged to raise £1,600 to recruit and train more counsellors for ChildLine North West.
The 1,600 Network Challenge involves local companies committing to raise £1,600 within six months to help support the NSPCC’s work in training ChildLine counsellors.
The NSPCC Chester Business Board will provide help and support to companies looking to take up the 1600 Network Challenge and will work with local companies.
ChildLine is a service provided by the NSPCC and it costs £1,600 to recruit and train a volunteer ChildLine counsellor, who in their first year will be able to help up to 180 children thorough their worries and distress.
Peter Humphreys, chairman of the NSPCC Chester Business Board, said: “We are challenging businesses to sign up to our new 1,600 Network Challenge to help us protect even more vulnerable children.
“We know companies find working with the NSPCC extremely rewarding and by working together with the local business community we can make a big difference to local children in the North West.”
The Humphreys letting agents firm put its best foot forward as a team of Mr Humphreys, Ashley Hope, Laura Holt, Matt Royle and Edward Feather tackled the Chester Half Marathon on May 13.
Rowan Gill, NSPCC corporate fundraising manager for the North West, said: “With the help of public and corporate support, ChildLine is already there for thousands of children and young people, but we need to keep developing our services to reach even more young people and help them access the support they so desperately need.”
For details on how to take part, call Rowan Gill, NSPCC corporate fundraising manager, on 07901 104627 or email email@example.com.
Hotel’s Jubilee pride
AN APTLY-NAMED Chester hotel has completed a royal-themed £400,000 refurbishment of its bar and restaurant in time for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
The Queen Hotel in City Road has recently unveiled its new Jubilee Room and Bar, which includes stately Union Jack-decorated thrones, royal paintings and a gallery of postage stamps throughout the years of the Queen’s reign.
Since the bar’s official opening, the hotel bosses say they have seen a rise in the number of international visitors – with people travelling from as far as America and Japan.
Stuart Hunter, managing director of The Feathers Group, said: “Britain is an exciting place to be in 2012 and with the forthcoming Jubilee celebrations we thought it was appropriate to mark such a great event with a unique design approach.
“We’re thrilled to have created a unique, fun and engaging environment in which guests can celebrate British culture and heritage.”
To complement the royal-themed refurbishment work, the hotel’s award-winning head chef Simon Davies has created a ‘Best of British’ menu features dishes sourced from local produce.
Hotel visitors also have the option to feel like royalty with individually-named and themed ‘Kings rooms’, with each floor devoted to a set of Kings from around the world.
The Queen Hotel will be hosting a street party in its gardens and grounds on the day of the Jubilee – Tuesday, June 5.
For more information visit www.feathers.uk.com/ premier-queen-hotel/.
Free employer seminar
BUSINESS owners are invited to a free seminar and networking event at West Cheshire College tomorrow (Thursday).
Chartered accountants Johnstone Howell and Co will stage the seminar – entitled ‘Survive and Thrive HR Changes’ – at the college’s Ellesmere Port campus from 9.30am to 1pm.
Presentations will aim to address key changes affecting employers, including new pension regulations and PAYE issues.
The seminar will begin with refreshments and will be followed by a free lunch. To book a place, call 0151 356 1496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.