At London Clubs our commitment to our communities is more than just a Code of Commitment pledge to help make them healthy and vibrant places to live and work. We take this promise very seriously and our involvement in our localities is extensive and diverse.
Here are just a few examples of how we get involved.
Business in the Community (BITC)
We are members of Business in the Community and take part in various Give and Gain Day activities, from assisting with Community Games in North London, through helping to develop new permaculture allotments at Ecoworks in Nottingham, to clearing an area of land for Hulme Community Gardens in Manchester.
Through BITC’s Nottinghamshire Cares initiative, Alea Nottingham also participates in the Right to Read scheme helping youngsters with their reading at a local primary school.
Headmaster Bryan Mallows had this to say: “The Right to Read scheme has been a major asset in Berridge Junior School for several years. The pupils have benefited from the excellent support given by a dedicated group of employees on a regular basis. This has had a very positive impact on pupil attitudes to reading, as well as developing their confidence and skills. It would be a major loss to our provision if it were withdrawn for any reason, and Alea Casino employees should be commended for their enthusiasm and commitment. Long may it continue!”
Rendezvous Casino at the Marina and Chestnut Tree House Hospice
Our Rendezvous Casino at the Marina has adopted Chestnut Tree House Hospice as its charity of the year. Chestnut Tree House is the only children's hospice in Sussex and cares for children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from all over the county. It is a home away from home where sick children and their families can spend quality time together, with care staff on hand to help out when needed.
The Rendezvous has held several fundraising events for them, from a Prohibition Ball to a Santa Run from Brighton Marina to Palace Pier.
Rendezvous Casino at the Kursaal and Southend Mind
Tthe Rendezvous has adopted Southend Mind as its charity of the year and marked the beginning of the relationship by sponsoring the Pier Challenge in aid of World Mental Health Day.
Southend Pleasure Pier is renowned as the longest pier in the world at 1.34 miles. The challenge was to walk back and forth for a maximum of eight miles and 12 members of staff undertook it.
Barbara Warner, the charity’s Head of Fundraising, said: “We are so grateful for the generosity of Rendezvous Casino and on behalf of everyone at Southend Mind, I would like to say a huge thank you.”
Playboy Club London and Haven Breast Cancer Support Centres
Playboy Club London’s chosen charity is Breast Cancer Haven Support Centres. During Breast Cancer Awareness month the window lighting at the Club was turned pink and the Bunnies donned pink costumes. Salvatore created a special cocktail and there were pink cup cakes on Judy Joo's dessert menu and a pink pudding in the Restaurant.
The fundraising efforts culminated in a special charity evening when the venue hosted a ladies’ event DJ’d by Sophie Ellis-Bextor and hosted by George Lamb while Brendan Cole shimmied on the dance floor.
The highlight of the evening was a charity auction with prizes including a date with England Rugby star Ugo Monye, a Master Class in cocktails with Salvatore Calabrese and the auction of the Marchesa Bunny costume that was created by couture designer Marchesa for the Playboy Club London launch. JLS, Lewis Hamilton, Zara Martin and England Rugby stars also dropped in to help the party along.
Altogether over £45,000 was raised for the benefit of Haven Support Centres.