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Hotel raises funds for pensioner who was a victim of fraud

Thu, 09 Nov 2023

General Manager Dave Hill with Maureen Cowbourne and Steve Dawson from Age Concern
General Manager Dave Hill with Maureen Cowbourne and Steve Dawson from Age Concern

The Best Western Palace Hotel & Casino has assisted a housebound pensioner who fell victim to fraud.

The hotel's management team learned of the unfortunate incident through a local news story, where a pensioner had been defrauded of £5,600 by a care provider.

In collaboration with the Isle of Man Constabulary and Social Services, the hotel donated all Sunday Lunch proceeds from three consecutive Sundays to replace the pensioner's losses.

In addition, hotel guests were invited to show their support through personal donations, with any surplus funds raised donated to a local charity dedicated to aiding the elderly and vulnerable.

A total of £6,100 was raised through the fundraiser with the full amount of £5,600 returned to the pensioner, with the remaining balance being donated to Age Concern Isle of Man.

Gareth Capper, Hotels Services Director, expressed the hotel's sentiments, saying: “The hotel management team were deeply saddened to hear of the elderly individual's plight, and were keen to lend a helping hand. Being a part of the Isle of Man community is very important to our business, so we are thrilled to have raised over £6,000 through the initiative.

“On behalf of the hotel, I’d like to extend my gratitude to everyone who contributed, from the hotel guests who generously donated, alongside the Isle of Man Constabulary and Social Services whom we collaborated closely with to ensure a successful outcome.”


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