Aberdeen Hospitality Fundraiser makes £20,000 for Charity.

Date: 01/11/2010


A charity event, held in Aberdeen held last Thursday (29th October), has raised over £20,000 to support people working in the hospitality industry. 

Held at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel, around 230 guests at the fourth Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland Grampian Dinner heard from George McNeill, who was once one of the fastest men in the world. He was joined by MC, Pauline Cook the former STV newsreader and journalist, and guests enjoyed a special dinner prepared by the hotels executive chef Richard Yearnshire.

In 1970 George McNeill, who also has a short career as  professional footballer, set the world’s fastest time for a professional runner over 110 metres in 1970 and in  1981 won the world’s richest sprint race.

All money raised from the event will support the HIT Scotland Scholarship programme. This year, HIT Scotland is looking to award around 100 scholarships to students and talented people at all levels in the industry.  

Previous scholars have gone behind the scenes of Michelin starred kitchens, been awarded places Ivy League Cornell University and at Europe’s top hospitality school. Other placements include the Disney Institute in Florida and six-star resorts in Dubai.

John Shevlin, Chair of the Aberdeen Dinner Committee and General Manager of the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa, said, “As well as raising money it was great to see so many like minded people come together to show their support for Aberdeen’s hospitality industry.”

For more information on HIT Scotland visit http://www.hitscotland.org


For more information about HIT Scotland please contact Joe Walton at Real PR 0n 07968022684 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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The Hospitality Industry Trust, known as HIT Scotland, is a Scotland based charity, which raises funds to support and encourage excellence in the hospitality industry.

Through practical support, which includes bursaries, scholarships and industry events, HIT Scotland helps those training to enter the industry and those already within. The overall objective is to help all to their full potential and further enhance and maintain the excellent skillbase within Scotland

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