Fern Hill Hotel and Training College needs your help – 30 year old family business devastated by COVID-19 and Lockdown

Update posted by Stephanie Szecsei On Jun 24, 2020

Hi all, I apologize for being quiet.

As promised, I maintain complete transparency. We have entered business rescue officially and as such have been incredibly busy readying what is needed for the process. What that means for us, is we will be putting together a business rescue plan and executing it with the help of a qualified practioner. He will also guide us on how best to distribute these funds in the best way to salvage the business.

We are so blown away by the kindness of so many. Your messages of love and support keep us going and we are beyond thankful to you.

Sharing our campaign would help so much in us reaching our goal. Every rand counts.

If you have any further questions please dont hesitate to contact Fern Hill directly on our email address. Unfortunately it is quite tricky to have conversations here.

With love

Steph

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Update posted by Stephanie Szecsei On Jun 24, 2020

Hi all, I apologize for being quiet.

As promised, I maintain complete transparency. We have entered business rescue officially and as such have been incredibly busy readying what is needed for the process. What that means for us, is we will be putting together a business rescue plan and executing it with the help of a qualified practioner. He will also guide us on how best to distribute these funds in the best way to salvage the business.

We are so blown away by the kindness of so many. Your messages of love and support keep us going and we are beyond thankful to you.

Sharing our campaign would help so much in us reaching our goal. Every rand counts.

If you have any further questions please dont hesitate to contact Fern Hill directly on our email address. Unfortunately it is quite tricky to have conversations here.

With love

Steph

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Update posted by Stephanie Szecsei On Jun 12, 2020

We are all completely blown away by the generosity and kindness shown by so many. Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts. As most of you here are close friends, family and Fern Hill Fans, you know this was our last resort. However, to maintain complete transparency , we will be updating our backers and followers with how the funds are utilized. As mentioned, the money will go towards the accumulated fixed overhead costs that are unavoidable with a hotel. Should we be overly successful, we'd like to pay some local suppliers who have been remarkably kind in waiting for us to pay. This was caused by us having a bumper March on the cards, ordering food, beverage, amenities and chemical stock as needed for the events/ rooms and then only to have every single booking and function cancel overnight due to both COVID19 outbreak on the 5th March (less than 15km away from us) and then finally lock down.

With love Steph



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Hi Mark, I am very happy to answer any questions you have. There seems to be a delay in posting. I certainly would never delete messages. I’ve tried responding to your direct message to me with the email you gave, but it bounces back. I even responded to you here, but my message is also not showing up. I’m hopeful it will come through like yours have. You’d be welcome to talk to us. This doesn’t seem very user friendly for chatting though. You can contact us directly as an alternative option?

Stephanie Szecsei

Update posted by Jun 16

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You’re taking money from unsuspecting people. You could not answer my questions because they were valid. Businesses like yours must be exposed. There are so many more deserving businesses. How do you sleep at night knowing that you’re doing this, misleading people and effectively stealing from them! Wow! Shocked would be an understatement.

Mark Bruwer

Update posted by Jun 13

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Fern Hill Hotel!

Mark Bruwer

Update posted by Jun 13

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Reporting you to GoGetFunding. This is an open platform and when you chose to put your plight out, you open yourself up to skeptics. This platform allows for this. You cannot plead poverty and then claim transparency and then delete comments of this page. That is so wrong! You could have responded to it instead of deleting it.

Mark Bruwer

Update posted by Jun 13

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Shall we discuss this here or on The Natal Witness post?

Mark Bruwer

Update posted by Jun 13

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Let’s talk about transparency.

Mark Bruwer

Update posted by Jun 13

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Why was my comment deleted. I have screen shots of it. Proves my theory. Why would you delete it.

Mark Bruwer

Update posted by Jun 13

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Many business owners live above their means, especially family run businesses and do not save surplus cash to keep them flush for 3-6 months and simply go about living above their means often running up huge credit card expenses and living lavishly on credit. In instances like these when you’re effectively pleading poverty, transparency would be demonstrating where the funds received are actually going to. You could be using it to maintain your lifestyle. This may not be the case with you. But I’ve been taken for a ride by two businesses during this pandemic only to find out that they’re using public funds to maintain their lifestyles as well.

Mark Bruwer

Update posted by Jun 13

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We sympathize with you. However an aspect of your update does not make sense. Stock for events are usually ordered a few days before the occurrence and not weeks in advance as seems to be the case, as per your update. The rule of thumb in general and good business practice in your industry, would be to order inline with your cancellation T&Cs. If a bumper month was indeed on the books, then as a “small family run” business, do you have the capacity to store such volumes of I’m assuming food, both perishable and non perishable? In that case then, you’re not really preparing “fresh food” if you have been storing it anticipating a bumper March. It just does not add up, when lock down was only in effect on March 26 and only announced a few days before that. I don’t think that you’re being very transparent.

Mark Bruwer

Update posted by Jun 13

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Thank you to all who have donated so generously. We are utterly blown away by your generosity. I will be posting an update in the next few weeks as we formulate our business rescue plan. Lots of love, Steph

Stephanie Szecsei

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