It was incorrectly reported in December of 2016 that The Preston Sands Hotel was to be demolished and converted into apartments for the wealthy, the staff receiving such related comments on a weekly basis ever since.
On the contrary, the hotel was purchased by a charity to make an impact to those least wealthy, operated by a private company dedicating all profits to the charity for local social impact. This misinformation transpiring from the previous owners aspiration to develop the site.
The founder trustee of the charity, Hugh Callacher, is also the major personal funder of the charity, dedicated to develop the charity for a sustainable future. Hugh commented: “the charity that now owns the hotel, ‘The Missing Kind‘, is my life’s purpose and I make no apology for developing the hotel for maximum commercial contribution and functionality for our charitable aims.
The charity’s vision is a fair world where kindness has no boundaries; promoting kindness to people, planet and animals.
The old hotel, although very tired, was already gifted with magnificent views of the bay and, more importantly, with kind staff making a daily difference to the guests with genuine care. It was this impressive attitude and ambience that attracted me when I first visited my brother Edward, who managed the hotel then and still does.
When the current owners announced its future I put on my thinking cap. Preston Sands Hotel is now on a unique journey which will make a significant contribution to the charity’s objectives; pledging all financial contributions raised back to source, the Torbay community from which they came.
How do we now deliver? By firstly securing and expanding employment and lifting our staff wages above the minimum, fundraising for local projects, hosting kindness events and an annual social impact conference.
We will be sharing the charity’s national resources to develop local groups, empowering social carers into social enterprise development. Most importantly, we are looking to inspire change – adding back some of that kindness often lost during the pursuit of wealth.
The hotel has undergone recent refurbishment and we are certain that the guests staying here or using the hotel’s facilities will appreciate our mindful changes. As part of this refurbishment, the hotel now accommodates ‘The Missing Sock’, an ethical restaurant and celebrations venue, serving international cuisine and offering animal based dishes as the exception and not the norm.
During the day the restaurant operates as a ‘KindaKafe’ – embracing fun, quirkiness, inspiration and social impact, alongside offering healthy refreshment and an ambience to relax. We also nurture a special kindness and variety for those with food allergies.”
Edward Callacher, who maintains his role as manager of Preston Sands, adds “we are developing the hotel, its services and its charitable projects, to follow the ethos of the Missing Kind and aiming to become not only a key contributor to the local economy, but an active player in making a difference where needed in the local community.
This new ownership puts us in a strong position to improve the venue and diversify our offering to both our loyal, and our new, customer base and also to those we engage with locally in terms of social impact. “