Stonegate bar and pub tour raises £275,000 for charity


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Stonegate Pub Company’s campaign to raise charity money through Britain’s Biggest Pub Tour has raised £275,000 after involving staff across its 614 bars and pubs.

At the Slug and Lettuce bar in St Katharine Docks in London on Friday, actor Warwick Davis and Stonegate chief executive Toby Smith (pictured) revealed the sum that is set to be donated to Variety the Children’s Charity.

The event also featured a performance by Pop Idol finalist Jo Birchall of All About Love, the official single for Britain’s Biggest Pub Tour which is also raising cash for Variety.

With further fundraising activities still to take place this month, Toby predicted that the grand total could reach £300,000.

Britain’s Biggest Pub Tour has seen a giant pledge passport travel 5,555 miles over 124 days to each bar and pub to be signed by the manager on behalf of their team.

As part of the fundraising, 50p from the sale of a special Strawberry Pimm’s and a pint of a specially brewed real ale, The Crawler golden blonde ale, has been donated to the charity.

Toby said: “When we first dreamt up the idea of Britain’s Biggest Pub Tour we couldn’t have envisaged the scale of the challenge or the unbelievable enthusiasm and generosity of the pubs, their customers and communities.

“Every step of the way, from the Isle of Wight to Inverness, communities have demonstrated the British spirit of giving. We wanted to raise £100,000. We were blown away when that was achieved in just six weeks, and now we are hopeful we’ll reach a staggering £250,000.

“That means that, through Variety the Children’s Charity, we can purchase five specially adapted Variety Sunshine coaches for schools and communities for children with disabilities and well as support numerous individuals with equipment to make their lives better.”

Warwick, who is an ambassador for Variety, said: “The welfare of our disadvantaged and disabled young children should be at the top of every agenda, so I’m honoured to represent Variety the Children’s Charity, and the incredible work it does across the country.

“I’m really looking forward to joining Britain’s Biggest Pub Tour and celebrating the fundraising efforts of Stonegate Pub Company and its employees for such a fantastic cause.”

Variety chief barker Trevor Green said: “The achievements of Stonegate Pub Company and its customers have been nothing short of phenomenal. We are truly grateful on behalf of the many youngsters and their families who will benefit from their fundraising.

“Britain’s Biggest Pub Tour has been the single biggest fundraising challenge ever undertaken for Variety the Children’s Charity and has meant that we can provide five specially adapted Variety Sunshine Coaches to schools and community groups the UK as well as fund life-changing equipment for many more children and young people.”

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