The team from the Lobster Smack, Canvey Island walked over 11 miles from the pub to the end of Southend pier, raising over £1200 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The group of nine team members, including General Manager Tom Odell, completed their walk in 3.5 hours. Fundraising vital money for the British Heart Foundation, the UK’s leading charity funding research into heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors, donations were collected in pub as well as over multiple Just Giving pages.
Tom said of the fundraiser, “It was a really fantastic day and I am very proud of the whole team. It was great to raise money for the British Heart Foundation who do such amazing life-saving research. Their work affects so many so it was a privilege to be able to give something back as well as see the local sights in the process.
“We had the full British walking experience. We battled the elements, walked through a field with cows grazing, walked along main roads as well as the river, then the weather cleared up and we finished our walk on the pier. It was lovely to end our fundraiser at a local landmark and I am so grateful to everyone that has donated.”
From July 2021 until the end of the year, over 800 managed pub teams at Stonegate will take part in various fundraising activities to support the UK’s leading heart charity.
When the BHF was founded in 1961, 7 out of 10 heart attacks were fatal. Now, at least 7 out of 10 people survive. Funds raised by Stonegate will go towards helping the BHF continue to pioneer medical breakthroughs which help the 7.6 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases.
Pub teams have been tasked with coming up with imaginative and creative ways of raising money for the charity as well as encouraging their customers to get involved.
Paul Davies, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the BHF said: “We are so grateful to Tom and his team at the Lobster Smack for their support around our 60th Birthday.
“Over the last 60 years, we have funded ground-breaking discoveries including the first UK heart transplant, pacemakers and genetic testing for inherited heart conditions. The funds raised by our partners such as the Lobster Smack, will help us keeping finding cures and treatments for the 7.6 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases.”
If you would like to support the teams fundraising you can still donate on the pub’s main page:
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
For more information, contact Leisure PR