A local pub that has been fundraising tirelessly for a local children’s charity has smashed its £10,000 fundraising target.
The Golden Lion pub in Rochford has been raising money for Little Havens Hospice for nine years and this summer it handed over another cheque for £800 to the charity, bringing the fundraising total to £10,272.62 since fundraising began in 2008. The pub’s landlords Margaret Forley and John Harmon have held BBQ’s, raffles, beer festivals and even paraded around Rochford dressed as Father Christmas to raise money for the charity which cares for seriously ill babies, children and teenagers.
Margaret and John said,
“We have enjoyed organising these fundraising events and have built a great relationship with Tony Cheek, the volunteer who has supported us and collects the cheque each year. We would like to thank the many businesses who have given raffle prizes and the residents of Rochford who have been so generous and helped us to raise over £10,000. We know that Little Havens Hospice needs £46,000 per week to care for babies, children and their families in Essex. It was our pleasure to continue to collect for Little Havens at our Beer & Cider Festival finished on 3rd October.”
Tony Cheek, part of the Havens Hospices Helping Hands Fundraising Group added,
“It has been wonderful to see the hard work and dedication Margaret and Tony have put in to raising money for Little Havens over the years. On behalf of all the children and families the charity cares for a big ‘thank you’ to them and everyone who has supported their efforts. Together, we’re ‘Making every day count’ for those who need our care.”
Little Havens Hospice is part of Havens Hospices. The charity provides respite, symptom management and end of life care, completely free of charge at the hospice and in the community.
For more information on how to get involved in fundraising for Havens Hospices, click here