Travelodge beds are going fast for charity

The start of the half marathon charity bed push outside the Travelodge in Low Row, Sunderland
The start of the half marathon charity bed push outside the Travelodge in Low Row, Sunderland
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CHARITY heroes pushed themselves to the limit to create a brighter future for children.

Nine Sunderland Travelodge employees did a bed push to raise money for the children’s charity, KidsOut.

The 14-mile trek raised £500 and took just three hours.

The team went via Wearmouth Bridge, Roker, Seaburn, Whitburn, Morrisons supermarket and Marsden Grotto, before heading back to Low Row.

“We had a very good response and it was very well received,” said hotel manager Bill Johnson.

“We shocked customers doing their daily shop in Morrisons, as we pushed the bed around the store.”

He added: “Even American supporters wanted to take our photos, to show their friends and family back home what we were doing.”

Mr Johnson thanked kind-hearted Wearsiders for their support.

“Donations came from all over the city centre and along the coast after people heard what we were doing.”

KidsOut helps 35,000 disadvantaged children each year to enjoy fun and positive experiences.

Chief executive David Cosham said: “The money raised from the Travelodge team in Sunderland will make a huge difference to our charity work.

“And it will certainly bring a smile to hundreds of disadvantaged children across the UK.”

The bed push was one of 120 events across the UK, as part of Travelodge’s national Red Day.

For the first time, Travelodge united all of its 6,000 staff across its 473 hotels and head office, in bid to raise more than £10,000 for KidsOut.

Its hotels in Chester-le-Street and Durham held a charity car wash in their car parks.

Travelodge Sunderland is holding another fund-raiser, this time for charity, Cancer Research.

The 10-mile Travelodge to Travelodge run, from Sunderland to the Silverlink, will take place this year.

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