Midlothian hotel’s offer for charity heroes

General manager John Bradley at the Dalhousie Castle Hotel

General manager John Bradley at the Dalhousie Castle Hotel

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An award-winning Midlothian hotel is looking to reward local unsung community heroes with a complimentary bed and breakfast stay.

The four-star Dalhousie Castle and Spa becomes the first Scottish hotel to join the Room to Reward scheme, which recognises the efforts of individuals working with registered charities.

Dalhousie general manager John Badley said: “We are thrilled to have been invited to take part in this unique scheme.

“It is really important to support the community and the selfless individuals working hard within charity organisations to make a better life for those who are suffering and in need.”

With the new scheme, Dalhousie, which was a regional winner in the Scottish Hotel Awards, has chosen its two charity partners to join the scheme – Bright Sparks in Bonnyrigg, and Lifesavers Scotland, with which John is a volunteer.

John added: “This really is a superb opportunity for our organisation to open our doors and our hearts to give something back, which will mean so much to those who would ordinarily not have the chance to enjoy what is a very special hotel experience at Dalhousie Castle.”

The Room to Reward scheme is the brainchild of Nicolas Roach, chairman of the Nicolas James Group, who came up with the idea of hotels donating vacant rooms to a deserving individual with a complimentary stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

Mr Roach said: “We are delighted to announce that Dalhousie Castle has joined us as a new hotel partner.

“We are thrilled to introduce the first Scottish hotel to our scheme, which will now enable us to provide deserving breaks to hidden heroes in this unique and beautiful part of the world.

“It’s thanks to the generosity and kindness of our hotel partners, such as Dalhousie Castle, that allows Room to Reward to go from strength to strength and we hope that this inspires other hoteliers to sign up.”

A number of registered charities have already signed up to the scheme which has a dedicated website.