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23 December 2008

Lancashire’s Tourism Chief Goes On The Run For Hospitality Action

On Thursday (December 18) Mike Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board handed over the financial baton of support to Paul Dermody and Richard Murcott from Hospitality Action, where a cheque was presented for three hundred pounds following Mike’s recent personal achievement, completing this years Great North Run.

Mike Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board said; 

“I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me as it’s a great honour for me to raise money for this worthy industry charity. After a grueling run, I’ve now caught my breath to be able to present Paul and Richard from Hospitality Action with this cheque.

“I am also proud to say that this years run has been a personal achievement for me, as I completed the 13.1 mile run in 2 hours, 1 minute and 32 seconds – my personal best.”

Hospitality Action is the trade charity for the hospitality industry, offering a range of services to past and present employees within the industry who have fallen on hard times.

Paul Dermody, Northwest Chairman of Hospitality Action congratulated Mike on his achievement and thanked him for his generous donation saying;

“As an organisation, we are committed to providing financial assistance and support to people who have dedicated their lives to an occupation where looking after other people has been their priority, and last year we were able to help 56 people in the Northwest, who collectively received around £50,000.

“Hospitality Action would not be able to look after these industry employees if it wasn’t for the generous support and donations from businesses and individuals like Mike Wilkinson, so we would like thank Mike and all of his supporters.”

The Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board have previously supported Hospitality Action as the nominated charity at this year’s Tourism Awards, were a raffle was held which helped to raise over £1,000.

For further information on Hospitality Action please visit hospitalityaction.org.uk.

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