Pub crawl raises a grand for hos­pice

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JMacD1988

AGROUP of 30 men raised more than £1,000 for Halton Haven Hos­pice in Run­corn through an an­nual pub crawl in Widnes.

Or­gan­ised by Billy Webb, the group of friends have been tak­ing part in their tra­di­tional pub crawl for the last eight years.

Af­ter the third year, they de­cided to add a fundrais­ing el­e­ment to their an­nual event, rais­ing any­where from £150 to £1,275 each year for a va­ri­ety of char­i­ties.

Fol­low­ing suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing ef­forts for causes such as Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port and the Steve Prescott Foun­da­tion, Billy and the rest of the group chose Halton Haven to ben­e­fit from the 2016 pro­ceeds.

The group reached eight pubs across Widnes all whilst dressed as the bob­sled­ders from the fa­mous film, Cool Run­nings.

Each of the friends pays £5 on the day, with fur­ther do­na­tions com­ing from non-par­tic­i­pat­ing friends and fam­ily, fines for mis­de­meanours on the route, and bucket col­lec­tions held in the pubs.

Billy said: “We chose Halton Haven as it was men­tioned by one of the group, Craig Law­ton, who knows from his job in hos­pi­tal­ity about the work the hos­pice does.

Once he put it for­ward it was a no brainer as it is lo­cal char­ity with a fan­tas­tic cause.

“It was also great to hear a cou­ple of peo­ple come up to me and share their story of what the char­ity has done for their fam­ily – this made my­self and the lads ex­tremely sat­is­fied we picked a great char­ity in Halton Haven.

“The crawl was a great suc­cess as we raised £1,200 in just one day through some very kind do­na­tions. We had a great laugh and fun along the way in the bob­sled.

“Big shout out to Will ‘Digger’ Dig­nall who do­nated a gen­er­ous sum all the way from Aus­tralia.”

Halton Haven com­mu­nity fundraiser Chris An­drews thanked the group for their fundrais­ing ef­forts.

He said: “Do­na­tions like this are so im­por­tant in al­low­ing us to con­tinue car­ing for lo­cal peo­ple who are liv­ing with end of life con­di­tions, so we are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for their ef­forts.

“And what a fan­tas­tic way to fundraise too!

“The group have raised a small for­tune for a va­ri­ety of wor­thy causes over the last five years and we are so pleased to have been one of them.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ingg Billy and some of the oth­ers to the e hos­pice soon so they can see how w their money will be spent.”

To spon­sor the group visit www.. just­giv­ing. com/ fundrais­ing/ Billy- Webb2 ● ● ●

Stormtroop­ers and pen­guins, left and right, are among the pre­vi­ous guises taken up by the vet­eran pub crawlers, who un­der­take the an­nual event in aid of Halton Haven The Cool Run­nings bob­sled team, above and left

Mex­i­cans dur­ing a pre­vi­ous fundraiser

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