The Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel first opened its doors to the Jersey public on 1st November 2007. Now five years on, the hotel will celebrate its birthday with a special gift to the community.
Traditionally, five-year anniversaries are marked with wood since this wonderful natural material symbolizes strength and longevity. The Radisson Blu has taken this custom one step further and in conjunction with their birthday celebrations this week they have named ‘Jersey Trees for Life’ as their chosen charity.
The waterfront hotel has committed its support to Jersey Trees for Life for an initial two year period and during this time will provide both practical and financial assistance.
Teams from the hotel will provide extra pairs of hands to the charity by getting involved in tree planting sessions across the Island in December 2012 and February 2013. They will also take part in ‘sickling’ or cutting down trees in June and September, allowing them to continue their growth without being damaged.
On a financial front, starting on 1st November a voluntary donation of £1 will be added to every guest bill, it is hoped that this scheme will enable the planting of 500 trees in the first year.
The partnership will be officially cemented with a very special tree planting ceremony at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel at 14:00 on Thursday 1st November. Former Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, Sir Andrew Ridgeway will return to the Island and join Owner and local businessman Mr Ted Clucas and Jersey Trees for Life Chairman Jon Dyson to plant a native Hawthorne tree at the St Helier Waterfront location to mark this very special occasion.
The event will be the first time that Sir Andrew has returned to the Island since he left in 2011. The former Lieutenant Governor of the Island has a special link with the hotel as he laid the very first brick on 11th October 2006 as the property build began.
Commenting on the anniversary General Manager Thomas Stene said “We have had a very successful half-decade and we are pleased to be able to mark the occasion by giving back to the local community which we have become such an intrinsic part of and think our commitment to Jersey Trees for Life demonstrates this.”
A range of other activities are scheduled to celebrate the waterfront hotel’s birthday including a very special locals’ promotion, where rates get better with age! The specially designed celebratory offer means that room rates are simply based on the year of birth of the oldest guest in the party. For example for someone born in 1964 they will pay just £64 per room.
There is also an enchanted wood themed party for corporate partners and a very novel acorn gift for all guests! Rather than traditional goody bags guests will receive acorns, complete with instructions of how to plant them as they leave the celebrations.