A policy by Hotebeds to replace Christmas corporate gifts with a charity donation has raised at least €9,000 for charity.

The funds will be donated to humanitarian agency Care International to help tackle poverty and social injustice.

The company donated €20 for each digital Christmas card sent by to its partners around the globe.

Hotelbeds has been making donations for Christmas instead of purchasing corporate gifts since 2010.

Corporate sustainability manager Teresa Laso said: “We are very pleased to be able to help communities who need support.

“As a leading company serving the travel trade, with more than 5,000 employees around the globe, we have a great responsibility to raise awareness about important issues and promote good practices amongst our employees.”

Haley White, corporate fundraiser at Care International London, added: “Hotelbeds’ generosity will help us provide clean water, food, access to healthcare and education, and emergency assistance when vulnerable families need it the most.

“Supporters like Hotelbeds make our work possible and we cannot thank them enough for this. Their support means a great deal to us and to each and every individual they are helping around the world. We really want to thank them for their kindness.”