Trophy to help good cause
EVERY England fan dreams of seeing captain Stephen Gerrard hold the iconic World Cup trophy aloft in South Africa this year.
But for now, as football fever sweeps the city they will have to make do with gazing longingly at one bought by two Werrington pub landlords looking to raise cash for charity.
Andy and Stuart Simmonds, who run the Ploughman pub in the Werrington Centre, had to send all the way to Argentina to get their official replica World Cup.
It is the same type owned by current Argentina manager Diego Maradona who got his hands on the real thing as a player at the 1986 World Cup finals.
Now the brothers are hoping that their version will help raise funds for a local worthy cause by selling raffle tickets with the cup as the star prize.
Andy said: “We are hoping this raffle will raise money for my childhood friend James Linford.
“I have known James for years and had worked with him over the years, but unfortunately he had an operation which has left him suffering from “locked-in syndrome”.
“It basically means that he is in there but unable to communicate. He obviously needs a lot of care and we thought by selling the tickets at £1 a strip it will give his mum’s fundraising a boost.”
The brothers took over the Wer- rington pub in December and have since been working hard to transform it.
Andy added: “It did have a bit of a bad reputation when we took it over but we have already started to attract groups back.
“We will be screening all the matches and we have now developed a real family feel to it which is great, so I would urge people to come along and get into the spirit of it.
“We are also hosting a beer festival in the first weekend in July and we have a whole host of events lined up for people to come along to and enjoy.”
The cup can be viewed at the pub and raffle tickets can also be purchased there while the tournament is ongoing. The draw for the winner will take place during the World Cup final.
iconic: Andy and Stuart Simmonds, joint landlords at the Ploughman pub in Werrington, with their World Cup trophy. (METP-26-05-10DL575)