Carers Northumberland is the new nominated charity for Matfen Hall Hotel

Matfen Hall Hotel announces Carers Northumberland as its nominated charity

Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa will be supporting the vital work of charity Carers Northumberland for the next two years.

Following a three-year partnership with Tynedale Hospice at Home, which saw around £20,000 being raised by staff, guests and members of the award-winning Northumberland hotel’s Golf Club and Aqua Vitae health club and spa, another of the county’s good causes has been announced as Matfen Hall’s new nominated charity until 2021.

Carers Northumberland was chosen following an open callout for suggestions among staff across all departments of the hotel.

The charity, which was founded in 2008, aims to improve the lives of unpaid carers who provide regular, unpaid, emotional, physical and practical help to support a family member, partner or friend who has a disability, physical or mental illness, is frail or has drug or alcohol related problems.

During a presentation at Matfen Hall earlier this year, Carers Northumberland’s chief executive, Debra Blakey offered a detailed picture of the work she and her team, who are based in Ashington, do. The judging panel at Matfen Hall were impressed and made the decision to align the Hotel’s fundraising efforts for the next two years with the aims and tireless efforts of the charity.

Debra said: “Carers Northumberland are overjoyed to have been chosen as Matfen Hall’s charity for the next two years.

“We are looking forward to an exciting partnership with Matfen which will involve fundraising to help the charity support unpaid family carers throughout Northumberland as well as raising our profile to ensure more carers register and engage with us to get the information and advice that they need when they need it.”

Managing Director at Matfen Hall Hotel, Bernard Bloodworth, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce our commitment to support the ongoing and invaluable work that Carers Northumberland do right across our county.”

As well as discretionary donations on the bills of hotel guests and the distribution of collection boxes, a range of fundraising activity will also be undertaken in aid of the charity, including the upcoming annual cycle ride, bake sales and social events.

Mr Bloodworth added: “All the staff at Matfen will be doing as much as we can to raise much-needed funds for Carers Northumberland and we look forward to coming up with lots of great ideas for fundraising in the coming months.”