In a heart-warming display of community spirit, a cluster of pubs under the management of a much-loved Craft Union Pub Company regional manager have banded together across the weekend of the 20th & 21stApril, to raise over £6000 for vital local charities. These efforts are part of Craft Union‘s ambitious “Make It a Million” wider campaign, with their aim to raise £1 million for charity this year, to top their impressive £800,000 which was fundraised last year.

From Scarborough to Hartlepool, these community focussed pubs have demonstrated their commitment to supporting their local charities and people, and also their commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of those in need. Each pub, driven by the ethos of the “Make It a Million” campaign, organised unique and creative fundraising events to support local charities.

Newlands Park in Scarborough led the charge, spearheading fundraising efforts with an impressive £3500 raised in memory of Dick Hewitt for the children’s ward at Scarborough Hospital. Through a golf day and various raffles held within the pub, guests rallied behind the cause, showing unwavering support for their local hospital and the children it serves.

The West Riding, also in Scarborough, raised £331.52 for the Rainbow Centre, a vital resource providing food bank support to the homeless and individuals on benefits in the area. Whilst The Sun Inn in Stockton contributed £250 to Vision 25, a charity dedicated to ensuring disabled adults receive the assistance they need, via a focussed charity day.

More notable mentions are the Mermaid in Guisborough, who raised £179 for Maxis Mate, a local dog shelter dedicated to rehoming and caring for dogs. The Kings Head, also in Guisborough, contributed £250 to Park House Care Home, a local facility providing residential and dementia care and The Beacon in Eston raised £150 for Nite Light CIC, an organisation providing meals to the homeless and families in need while supporting local businesses.

As well as these, the Blue Post in Stockton raised an impressive £460 for Eastern Ravens Trust, an organisation supporting the informal education of children and young people experiencing social exclusion or disadvantage. Intrepid Explorer in Middlesbrough raised £166 for Main, a charity dedicated to supporting autistic young children awaiting diagnosis and finally, the Park Inn in Hartlepool hosted a fundraising day, raising £800 for Luke, a 14-year-old with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in need of a new electric wheelchair.

Jason Herringshaw, Regional Manager at Stonegate Group said, “I am so proud of the truly fantastic efforts from my operators, which has raised and incredible £6059.52 for our nominated charities across the region. An amazing display of community spirit, I’d like to thank everyone who participated for their generosity and hard work.”

Collectively, these pubs have demonstrated the power of community support, with their efforts serving as a testament to the dedication and generosity of both pub operators and guests alike, showcasing the true spirit of the North-East.

Pub operators and communities will now continue to rally together and support further local charitiesacross the board to push closer to their £1 million pound target, with many upcoming local events across the UK in the pipeline. The power of community generosity and team-work is imperative to drive the campaign to success, and through Craft Union pubs, the clear dedication to local communities and charitiesis clear, with a route to success at hitting the target very much in sight via these commendable, charitable efforts.