A bed replacement programme at the Days Inn Hotel in Haverhill is benefitting people in need.
The hotel is replacing all of its Hypnos beds and so far eight of the double beds have been collected and taken away by the Haverhill Furniture Bank.
Mattresses not suitable for reuse were offered to Gardiner Associates Training and Research (GATR) Ltd to use in their fire and arson investigation training courses, so far they have received 22 single mattresses.
The company has been organising courses for nearly 20 years for national and international participants from Fire Authorities, Constabularies, forensic science service laboratories, universities and the public and private sector.
Donna Revell, general manager of Days Inn said: “Our bed replacement programme is a huge investment for the hotel and is quite a logistical challenge.
“We are so busy that we have to plan the replacements very carefully so that we do not disrupt the availability of rooms for our guests.
GATR has been a client for many years so we are pleased to be able to help them and REACH is our chosen charity for this year.”
Since opening the hotel has made a commitment to conserving energy and reducing their negative impact on the environment.
In 2008 they won the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Business Award for Environmental Awareness due to the use of heat saving room sensors, ultra-low energy lighting and water saving showers.
More recently, in 2013, the hotel installed a tailor made Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system consisting of 120 solar panels.
These delivered 25,714 units of electricity in the last 12 months, enough to power around 6 houses and the hotel has generated an 18 per cent return on their investment.
Mick Gardiner, MD of GATR explains, “We run dozens of training courses every year and the environment we train in has to be as realistic as possible.
“We were delighted when Days Inn offered the old beds for use at the fire investigation ground.
“So far we have had 22 single mattresses and are expecting to receive more over the coming months as the replacement programme continues. It’s certainly a much better way to dispose of the beds than sending them to landfill.”