ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA HIGH COMMISSION
Astor Hostels donates £2,500 for Barbuda reconstruction
On Monday 20th November 2017, Managing Director of Astor Hostels Alex Rivers and business partner Danny Donaldson visited the Antigua High Commission in London to present Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill, High Commissioner of Antigua and Barbuda, with a cheque of £2,500 as a contribution to the Rebuild Barbuda Appeal Fund.
Hurricane Irma, recorded as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to traverse the Atlantic, ravished the tiny island of Barbuda on the 5th of September 2017, leaving 95% damage to the island’s infrastructure.
High Commissioner Hill expressed gratitude to the Astor Hostel team for their kind donation: “It is with a warm heart that I thank Mr. Rivers and Danny Donaldson for not only organising a concert to raise funds for the Barbuda Rebuild effort, but also for choosing Antigua and Barbuda as the Caribbean nation as the recipient of this donation. Indeed 95% of Barbuda was affected by the ferocious winds of Hurricane Irma, and every penny will be used to make sure that the Barbudans are able to return home to suitable accommodation and living conditions.”
In 2014, Astor Hostels initiated the Charity Breakfast Initiative which seeks to raise money for causes in the UK, as well as for disaster relief abroad. In keeping with his father’s tradition of taking a keen interest in providing accommodation for those in need, Alex River and Danny Donaldson organised a concert to raise funds in aid of the rebuilding efforts for the Caribbean islands that were devastated by the 2017 hurricanes.
According to Mr. Rivers: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to donate £2,500 to help in the effort to rebuild the lives of those living in Antigua and Barbuda. This is not enough though and we would like to ask our followers to give more at http://www.ascensiontrust.org.uk/rebuild-barbuda-appeal/”.
About Astor Hostels
In 1974, the first Astor Hostel was created to satisfy the sheltering needs of regional and international backpackers who roamed the streets with no accommodation. The Chairmen of Astor Hostels, Alan Rivers and Simon Lofts, had an interest in providing accommodation for those in need, and by 1976 Astor Hostels had grown to four locations with approximately 1000 beds.
Presently, Astor Hostels operates in 30 locations around West and Central London, and is operated by Alan Rivers’ son Alex.