The Foresters Arms, Swadlincote has raised £2,500 and will be donating toys this Christmas to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, all in memory of the late Stacey Fusco.


Last month, The Foresters Arms part of the award winning Craft Union Pub Company, hosted a Charity Race Night in memory of pub local Stacey Fusco. Stacey’s family along with Operator Paula Stevenson, organised the evening, in which the pub showed several different races and gave out race cards where participants could make bets, the local community also had the opportunity to sponsor the races to help raise money. There was also a raffle where the local community donated some of the prizes. The money raised, over £2,500, has been donated to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, as Stacey used to work on the children’s cancer ward.


As well as the money raised from the charity night being donated to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Paula will also be donating toys. For over five weeks, Paula put £20 into a pot and with the total at the end of these five weeks, went and brought toys. The idea behind this is to support Stacey and the work she did at the hospital as well as trying to give the children and their families something to look forward to during the festive period.


Paula Stevenson, Operator of The Foresters Arms, said: “When Stacey’s family asked if we could help to organise and run a Charity Race Night at the pub, I didn’t hesitate to say yes as although I had never met Stacey, I can tell how missed and loved she is by everyone in the community. It was so humbling to see the huge turn out from the local community, and I am very thankful for their support and donations for this wonderful evening.


“I wanted to do something for Birmingham Children’s Hospital during the festive period and try and make Christmas a little bit merrier, giving the children and their families something to look forward to. Also, I wanted to support the hospital in memory of Stacey as she worked there and did some very inspiring work.”


The Foresters Arms locals will be continuing their fundraising, and to keep up to date with any future fundraising Paula and the team do, check out their website:


The Foresters Arms, 67 High Street, Swadlincote, DE11 8JA


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