Saturday, 23 September 2017

Pub company smashes £50,000 target for hospice charity

Pub company smashes £50,000 target for hospice charity

BRAKSPEAR has donated £50,983 to the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed.

The Henley pub operator and brewery raised the money through fund-raising events at its pubs and head office over the last 15 months.

The charity was the company’s first estate-wide charity partner.

Pubs have held events including live music nights and comedy festivals as well as completing sponsored challenges or adding a voluntary donation to menu items.

Brakspear also launched Incredible, a specially brewed beer from which it donated 10p from each pint sold in its pubs.

The team at the Hare & Hounds in Sonning Common raised the biggest individual pub amount of £4,208.

Licensees Mick and Claire Sugg regularly held regular meat raffles and quizzes as well as organising one-off events, such as a wheelchair pool tournament.

Mrs Sugg said: “We were keen to get involved with Sue Ryder as we think it’s important to help our local community. Our customers responded to all our fund-raising efforts with huge generosity and we know many of them have been touched by Sue Ryder, as we have been. Both Mick’s grandmother and one of my good friends were helped by them so we’ve been keen to support it.

“We’re delighted to have raised so much for a charity that does such great work in our community.”

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies, who presented the cheque at the hospice, said: “When we started our journey with Sue Ryder, it was something of a leap of faith as we’d not supported a charity across the Brakspear estate before. Our licensees, their staff teams and customers have more than risen to the challenge. We’ve shown that we can make a positive contribution to a worthy charity which is, like our pubs, at the heart of the local community.”

Stewart Marks, hospice director for Duchess of Kent and Nettlebed hospices, said: “Working with this renowned company has proved to be extremely successful and this money is vital to the services we provide here in the local community. We are enormously grateful for their support, enthusiasm and creativity.”

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