The Prince of Wales, Rugby has raised over £830 for Only A Pavement Away by participating in sponsored sleep-out and hosting various events at the pub.


Operator of The Prince of Wales, Jenni, assistant manager Davina and pub regular Carole took part in a sponsored sleep-out last month to raise money and awareness for the charity Only a Pavement Away. The ladies slept out in the pub garden from 11pm-11am, in the freezing cold, with the lowest temperature reaching 2 degrees and set the rules that they were not allowed under the sheltered area and only to go inside if they needed the bathroom. When they started the sleep-out, all they had was their multiple layers to keep warm. However, over the night they had gained a large amount of support from the local community, bringing food and coffee, and visits from furry friends to help up morale.


The pub, which is part of the multi award winning Craft Union Pub Company, chooses charities of the month to raise money for, which changes each month. Only A Pavement Away was chosen as December’s charity of the month by the pub, and Jenni and her team attended a regional meeting held by the charity, to find out more about them and their work as well as ways in which they could fundraise. The fundraising activities that took place throughout last month was the sleep-out, a Boxing Day Quirky Quiz and a Pool Tournament. The Quirky Quiz was not your normal general knowledge quiz, but questions all about the staff at The Prince of Wales, Jenni, the pub and its regulars, and the surrounding area of Rugby.


Only A Pavement Away is a charity based in the UK, working with employers within the hospitality industry. The charity connects these employers with individuals who are experiencing homelessness, prison leavers and veterans, to try and secure them long-term and stable employment. They believe everyone deserves the opportunity to find and establish a career.


Jenni Pierson, Operator of The Prince of Wales, said: “The sleep-out was an eye-opening experience, which I am very grateful to have been able to partake. Although it was very cold and we didn’t get much sleep, the sleep-out turned out to be a success and exceeded our expectations. The support from our locals was phenomenal, encouraging us all the way, bringing us food and drink and of course supporting Only A Pavement Away.


“Well done to Davina and Carole, you were both incredible and such lovely company to have. I am very proud of you both for your perseverance and positivity to carry on until the end. It was also such fun hosting the Quirky Quiz and Pool Tournament, there was such a buzz within the pub with a lot of smiling faces. Thank you to everyone who supported, donated, and helped raise awareness of this amazing charity and the work they do.”


The Prince of Wales will continue their fundraising initiatives with future charities of the month. To keep up to date with what the team are doing, check out their Facebook page


The Prince of Wales, 7 Drury Lane, Rugby, CV21 3DA.



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