My Time gives Liverpool carers some well deserved time out

Liverpool Hoteliers Association has teamed up with Local Solutions to launch a new scheme that aims to help carers across Merseyside.

As part of the collaboration with Local Solutions, which have set up the My Time initiative to help give carers a break, Liverpool Hoteliers Association is providing a number of free stays at various hotels across the city.

James Rush, Chairman of Liverpool Hoteliers Association and General Manager of Malmaison, said:

“Giving something back is a phrase often used in the hospitality industry. The simple gift of an overnight stay, lunch, or even a welcome card and a chocolate bar on arrival makes a world of difference to a carer. All of the simple pleasures in life that we often take for granted like reading a book, or having time to relax, are rare special occasions for the tens of thousands of carers that devote their time unselfishly.

“Liverpool Hoteliers Association’s (LHA) role in helping the inspirational initiative began eight years ago when Malmaison and Hope St Hotel started donating a multiple B&B gift vouchers. In line with the introduction of the My Time scheme that has now been launched by the great people at Local Solutions, I am delighted to announce that LHA has committed a further 50 B&B vouchers that will be given to carers from across the North West.

“This is a wonderful charity that we are so proud to support, knowing how much of a difference it makes to the people who can get a rare opportunity to enjoy it most – the amazing carers in this country that we will all need one day. It gives us hoteliers a real sense of compassion by gifting devoted carers in this unique way.”

To mark Carer’s Week, the My Time scheme was officially launched earlier this month (June 10) at The Crowne Plaza, Pier Head. The event showcased a number of guest speakers including Broadcaster for BBC Radio Merseyside, Roger Phillips, Cabinet Member for Business, Gary Millar and local carer Barbara McGinn – all of who encouraged businesses to get involved by offering incentives such as complimentary hospitality and leisure experiences including hotel stays, cinema tickets and travel passes.

Steve Hawkins, Chief Executive of Local Solutions commented:

“It is highly appropriate that we launched My Time during Carers Week. Carers Week both celebrates and campaigns on carers issues keeping their vital role in the spotlight. My Time will provide a huge opportunity for private sector organisations, especially hotels, to make a contribution to improving the quality of life of carers. Some of the best social ventures began in Liverpool; in ten years, I hope people will look back and see this launch as another fantastic venture to come out of Liverpool”.

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