HBAA raises £27,000 for 2019 chosen charity Buses4Homeless

The HBAA raised a massive £27,000 for its new chosen charity Buses4Homeless at its annual dinner.

Founded by Dan Atkins, Buses4Homeless plans to buy buses that are no longer emission zone compliant and fit them out for use by homeless people. The buses will be used as either overnight shelters, kitchens and dining areas, or as education centres where homeless people can develop vocational skills for the workplace.

Atkins said: “We were blown away by the love, compassion and sheer volume of people and organisations who loved our project and raised a phenomenal amount of money. We were hoping to raise £5,000 to be able to buy our first bus. We ended up raising a remarkable £27,000, which will be nearly enough to complete an entire bus!

“The response has been amazing. It wasn’t only the incredible amount raised, way beyond our expectations, it was also the offers of materials to kit out the buses and, what’s more, several people also offered their time to come to help us. We were blown away.”

Angie Mason, the newly-appointed chair of the HBAA, said: “When the executive committee heard about this wonderful idea and met Dan and his team, we knew that this was a cause that we wanted to help, that was right for the HBAA. Dan’s presentation and film at the members meeting and annual dinner were so moving and inspiring that our members and guest responded so generously.

“As our target for the year was £30,000, this is a great start – and Dan has immediately been able start negotiations to acquire several buses.”

More than 320 members and guests attended the HBAA’s annual dinner at the Park Plaza Victoria London, where an auction, raffle and donations helped raise the money for Buses4Homeless.

HBAA is the trade association for the hotel booking agency, apartment and venue community, and has more than 300-member organisations including more than 80 agency and 225 venue members who work collaboratively in the accommodation, meetings and events sector.

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