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Mayfair Park and Tower Race

28 June 2010
London Hilton on Park Lane hotel - Hotel Exterior

Would you like to be involved in one of the most exciting challenges of the fundraising calendar and make a real difference to disadvantaged young people in the process? If so why not be part of a unique athletic challenge taking place next week to help disadvantaged young people into work in the hospitality industry.

The second Mayfair Park and Tower Race, taking place on Wednesday July 7th, involves a 4.5 km sprint around the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park followed by a gruelling tower run up 28 floors to the top of the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Limited entry places are still left for the race, which is open to anyone willing to commit to fundraising £250 in sponsorship for Galvin's Chance. Participants will be joined this year by the marathon running Chef Michel Roux junior and several of Sky One's Gladiators. All participants will enjoy a glass of champagne in Galvin at Windows upon finishing the race and will be entered into a draw for dinner and accommodation at the Park Lane hotel. More information and the registration process can be found at

The goal of the event is to raise £30,000 to support the work of a charity apprenticeship programme called Galvin's Chance, an into work programme helping at risk young people into the hospitality industry. The project has been initiated by Galvin at Windows restaurant, the finish point for the race.

Chef Patron Chris Galvin, who has been one of the driving forces behind the project, said: "The race will be fun, but the intent is serious. Galvin's Chance is there to help real people at risk change their lives. It has already started to make a real difference to young people and we hope that it can continue to grow."

The programme was first introduced last year and is an initiative of Hilton in the Community Foundation – Hilton's charitable division which has a focus on helping disadvantaged young people. The Foundation is working in partnership with Springboard Charity, which helps young unemployed and disadvantaged people develop skills and find sustainable jobs in the hospitality, leisure travel and tourism industries. Westminster Kingsway College and the STOP campaign area also assisting to deliver the programme.

Following last year's inaugural race, which raised £20,000 for the programme, the first group of 14 young people were selected for Galvin's Chance. The programme provides an opportunity to young people aged 18-24 at risk of gun and knife crime on some of Britain's most violent housing estates. It includes industry leading training towards a 'front of house' hotel career – one which requires dedication, ambition and enthusiasm, and guarantees work experience and interviews at some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in the capital.

Kamal Manhas, aged 23, was one of the first apprentices on the programme and has been working at the Michelin starred Galvin at Windows restaurant for the last six months. She said:
"I was 21 years old and had just been released from prison. I had sent out thousands of CVs but no one was prepared to give me a chance. As soon as I heard about Galvin's Chance I knew I had to grab the opportunity. My life has completely changed since Galvin’s Chance. I always used to think about the past and present but now I have reasons to be excited about my future."

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