A Global Travel Group member is donating a chunk of her commission from every booking to charity as the consortium starts a campaign to encourage acts of kindness.
Olein Webster, a director at homeworking agency Diamond Travel, is supporting three charities – The Vine Centre, Your Sanctuary and the MS Society – and hopes to raise £1,500 in a year.
Her donations range from £2.50 to £50 depending on the value of the booking with the Farnborough-based agency, and are made only once customers return from holiday in case a refund is needed.
Webster said: “I have never done anything like this before. I have supported local charities in the past [but] this is a bit more formal.
“It is going to be a challenge, but I’m optimistic.”
The Vine Centre, based in Aldershot, provides services for disadvantaged adults, while Your Sanctuary supports domestic abuse victims in northwest Surrey. Webster also chose national charity the MS Society after her sister-in-law was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
So far she has donated £70, from six bookings, since starting her year-long mission.
In the week leading up to National Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17, Global Travel Group will be surprising its members across the UK as part of a seven-day campaign.
Commercial director Cherie Richards said the consortium wanted to remind members how valued they were.
“We know it can sometimes feel like a bit of a marathon,” she said.
“We are excited about visiting Global members across the country next week to brighten up their day for no other reason than to say thank you for their hard work and support.”
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