Fun in the sun at the Queens Hotel raises thousands for charity

Families enjoying live music and sunshine in the garden of the Queens Hotel, Portsmouth have helped to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.

For many years the hotel has supported the Rowans Hospice charity and recently presented CEO Ruth White and Chairman of Trustees John Watkins with a cheque for £2,500.

General Manager Catherine Austen commented: “The money has been collected as a result of our Summer Garden Parties. In total £5,000 was raised and the Southsea Skate Park has also received a donation.

“We see ourselves as the hotel at the heart of Southsea and very much a part of the community. Having come through the recent lockdowns and restrictions, we are delighted to have been able to support a charity that is so close to our hearts.”

Ruth White said she felt ‘humbled’ to see the transformation that had taken place at the Queens Hotel during the last lockdown and the amount of money that had been raised.

“Healthcare has had a difficult time through the pandemic but hospitality has really been hit badly.

“It is very humbling to see what you have achieved at the Queens through the lockdown. The garden parties have brought joy to people at a time when it was in short supply for most of us,” she said.

And John Watkins added: “We have been truly overwhelmed with the generosity of the public and touched that they remember us when so many other things have been occupying our time.”

Photo caption: Left to right Catherine Austen, General Manager; John Watkins Chair of Trustees and CEO Ruth White

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