Once again this year Church House Westminster hosted several charities on the day of the London Marathon. On Sunday 28 April 2019 the Westminster venue was transformed in a post-marathon hospitality events hub, filled with supporters from the respective charities cheering the runners as they were arriving to the venue after completing the gruelling marathon. The finish line at Buckingham Palace is conveniently located within walking distance of Church House, making it a quick and easy transfer for tired legs!
The British Heart Foundation hosted 300 guests in the dome-shaped Assembly Hall which was kitted out with its well-known red balloons and BHF merchandise, and with red ambient lighting, reflecting the charity’s branding. Runners had access to a massage area whilst food in the form of high-carb pasta and sandwiches provided much needed replenishment. The expert AV team of Church House arranged for a live stream of the race throughout the day.
The Children’s Society supporter hub hosted 185 fans and runners during their welcoming reception, again with massage facilities for the exhausted runners. Attendees enjoyed a selection of cakes created by the in-house catering partner of Church House, CH&CO, served with freshly ground Fairtrade filtered coffee and speciality teas.
Sarcoma hosted 120 supporters and fans and treated their guests to Church House’s wellbeing lunch which offered a buffet of healthy finger food, including vegan options and raw energy snacks.
Robin Parker, GM of Church House Westminster, commented: “Every year we look forward to the London Marathon, an inspirational day when the real-life stories of the individual runners of these charities come to the fore and provide a massive fundraising opportunity for the charities. Our event coordinators do a great job in working with the organisers to ensure that the day goes without a hitch. Our location makes us a perfect venue for these post-event hospitality activities and it is always good to see the entire venue come together as a festive (and at times emotional!) hub on the day. Our congratulations go out to all the runners, in what has been a historic London Marathon this year”.