Thursday, 16 September 2021

Pubs raise £20k for hospice charity

HENLEY pub operator and brewer Brakspear has raised more than £20,000 for Sue Ryder.

HENLEY pub operator and brewer Brakspear has raised more than £20,000 for Sue Ryder.

The charity is the company’s first estate-wide charity partner and pubs have been raising money for the last nine months in a number of ways, such as live music nights, sponsored challenges and adding a voluntary donation to menu items.

Brakspear has also launched a beer called Incredible, after the “incredible” work done by Sue Ryder, and is donating 10p to the charity for every pint sold in its pubs. The company has set a total target of £50,000.

The Hare & Hounds in Sonning Common has raised the most so far with £2,863 collected from regular events including a meat draw and pub quiz.

There was also Christmas raffle, a raffle of a rare bottle of whiskey donated by a regular and a “play your vinyl” session for customers.

The Five Horseshoes in Maidensgrove raised £2,217 from the event with a pub quiz overseen by University Challenge host Jeremy Paxman.

Kate Thomas, marketing assistant at Brakspear’s head office in Henley, completed the London Marathon in April, raising £3,200.

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said: “It’s great to pass the £20,000 mark and I’m grateful to the many licensees and their teams who have supported our charity partnership.

“Watching the total amount creep up and seeing the many different fund-raising ideas generated by our tenants has been a delight and we’re now looking forward to continuing the good work and hitting our target.”

Stewart Marks, director of Sue Ryder’s hospice at Nettlebed, said: “Working with this renowned brewery is proving to be very successful and we are extremely grateful for its support, enthusiasm and creativity to reach this milestone.

“The money Brakspear has raised is vital to the services we provide.”

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