Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

VIP holiday for viral email man

Greg Heaslip has been offered a VIP break at Chessington World of Adventures

A security guard who donated to charity a Las Vegas holiday that was given to him following a viral campaign has now been given a VIP pass to a theme park.

Greg Heaslip's luck began when he left a note with his manager asking for some time off but his boss accidentally forwarded an email request to 3,500 fellow employees at Arcadia - the retail firm that manages Topshop, BHS and other high street names.

The request went viral and led to Mr Heaslip being offered a trip to Las Vegas by TrekAmerica as well as other freebies such as hair gel and clothes.

But Mr Heaslip, 38, who works at a distribution centre in Warwickshire, decided to give the gifts, including the holiday, to the Stephen Sutton cancer charity Teenage Cancer Trust, and said he was taking his family to Chessington World of Adventures as planned.

But now he is still acting as a magnet to free gifts, with the Surrey theme park offering him a free stay and VIP passes.

Tim Harrison-Jones, divisional director at Chessington, said: "We are delighted to invite Greg and his family to stay as premium VIP guests at the resort's on-site Chessington Safari Hotel for their holiday.

"We have seen how generous Greg has been and followed the #givegregtheholiday story, and we would like to recognise him for his kindness by offering a VIP stay with us at our resort.

"We'd like to offer Greg a complimentary stay and park tickets, an exclusive animal meet and greet for him and his family, Ultimate Fastrack passes for the exciting rides and Resort Magic Money to spend whilst at Chessington World of Adventures Resort.

"We also would like to donate the same package to Stephen Sutton's cancer charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, to support this fantastic cause in honour of Greg's selfless donation. We look forward to meeting you Greg - get ready for a seriously wild adventure."

Mr Heaslip told MailOnline: "I'm still in shock. All I wanted was my two days off and now I've got them. I'm going to go to Chessington World of Adventures with my wife Edyta and our 20-month-old daughter.

"I don't want any of the free stuff. I'm going to donate it all to the Stephen Sutton charity so it goes to a good cause."

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