Archive for December, 2012

  • Hotel honours fallen Cardiff Soldier

    Laura Peeroo

    Staff at a Cardiff Hotel are donating their Christmas party kitty to a woman who is running 415 miles in memory of a fallen Cardiff soldier.

    Capt. Stephen Healey, from Rumney Cardiff, died serving with the 1st Battalion Royal Welsh in Afghanistan and was the 415th British soldier to die during combat operations.

    Staff from Sleeperz Hotels Cardiff pledged the funds to support Capt. Healey’s partner Thea Davies, who is raising money for a military veterans charity by running 415 miles over the next year by entering marathons and half marathons.

    Ms. Davies is running for Blind Veterans UK, a charity set up to help veterans recover from sight loss and regain a sense of independence in their lives.

    It was a charity close to the Capt. Healey’s heart and one which has helped many wounded members of 1st Battalion Royal Welsh Guards.

    She has already raised more than £3,500 since she started running in October and is heading to Bermuda in January to run the Bermuda Marathon.

    Laura Peeroo, general manager of Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff, said: “Christmas is a party season but more importantly it’s a time for giving.

    Members of the armed forces make the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe and sacrificing our Christmas party kitty is the least we could do to show our support for Thea and to honour a true Welsh hero.

    We wish her every success in clocking up those miles and applaud her determination to help our wounded veterans.”

    The hotel staff donated its £200 party kitty, which was made up to £400 by Sleeperz Hotels, a fast growing innovative budget hotel operator, with hotels in Newcastle and Cardiff.

    David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, said: “I’m so proud of our Cardiff team for making this generous donation and bringing Thea’s fundraising efforts to our attention. We wish her well and there will always be a bed waiting for her to recover in whenever she runs in Cardiff and Newcastle.”

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  • Sleeperz appoints youngest-ever manager at Newcastle hotel

    Mark Armstrong

    Sleeperz Hotels, the innovative UK budget hotel operator, has appointed its youngest ever manager at its Newcastle city centre hotel.

    Tess Campbell, 23, from Darlington, has been promoted to Deputy General Manager at Sleeperz Hotels Newcastle, just one year after joining the company to work at its premium budget hotel near Newcastle Central Station.

    Sleeperz Hotels is a fast growing innovative budget hotel operator with hotels in Cardiff and Newcastle and plans to expand into Manchester, Birmingham and London by 2015.

    It specialises in building stylish design-led hotels on unusual pieces of land near mainline railway stations in the centre of major UK cities.

    Ms. Campbell studied International Tourism Management at Leeds Metropolitan University and worked at Hotel Bannatyne, Darlington and at MalMaison in Leeds before being recruited by Sleeperz as reception manager at its first North East Hotel.

    Mark Armstrong, general manager of Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle, said: “Every once in a while you find someone who has all the personal qualities you look for in a future leader and in Tess’ case her age was irrelevant, she was ready and willing to take on management responsibility and she is already making a major impact on the business.”

    Campbell’s rise up the management chain has mirrored the success of the Newcastle hotel, which opened in January 2012, on the site of a derelict parcel works near St Nicholas’ Cathedral and the city’s historic Castle keep.

    In its first year, Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle won a RIBA Hadrian Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects for architectural excellence and was described by The Guardian’s hotel critic as a “trendier version of a Premier Inn.”

    Ms. Campbell, said: “Sleeperz Hotels has an innovative business model where staff work across all departments of the hotel, learning to excel in everything from housekeeping to food and beverage and customer relations.

    I’m thrilled to have secured my first management role with the company because we all muck in together and I get stuck into every aspect of the hotel operation. I am learning the business of hotel management in a truly rounded way that can only make me a better hospitality professional in the long term.”

    Sleeperz Hotels demonstrated its confidence in Campbell’s ability by making her acting general manager of the Newcastle Hotel just days after she was promoted.

    She ran the hotel and its staff for two weeks while her general manager took annual leave.

    David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, said: “Tess is an excellent example of how Sleeperz aims to develop and inspire its staff.

    She has the warmth and charm that people expect when they come to Newcastle and our customers inspire her to work hard and provide a first class service. We strongly believe in the idea that if you’re good enough you are old enough.”

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