Four Fylde pubs are celebrating real ale and the important work of a local hospice with a week-long charity fundraiser.
During Cask Ale Week, The County Hotel in Lytham, The Thatched House in Poulton, The Old England in Bispham and The Bay Horse in Thornton will be pouring pints with the aim of getting the cash pouring in for Trinity Hospice.
Between September 28 and October 7, the four pubs will be donating 10p from each pint of their real ales sold to the hospice, which provides specialist end of life care for adults and children who have life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.
With 20 real ales on tap between them, they are hoping to raise around £750 over the course of the week.
“Trinity Hospice is such a wonderful place and we have been raising money for the centre for several years,” explains Craig Daniels, manager at The County Hotel.
“The care they provide is second-to-none and it really is a wonderful facility for the local community.
“We’re delighted to be raising our glasses to them and hope our real ale drinkers will support this excellent cause.”
Trinity Hospice & Palliative Care Services receives limited funding from the government and has to raise more than £4 million each year in order to keep its doors open.
It provides a range of services completely free, from in-patient care to counselling and complementary therapies.
The centre can care for up to 28 adult patients and 15 day care patients, and the Brian House Children’s Hospice offers care for youngsters with life-threatening illnesses.
“Several of us have friends and family members who have needed the help of Trinity Hospice so we know first-hand just what an excellent place it is,”
Craig continues. “All the staff there give invaluable care, support and advice and it is a real lifeline for many people in our communities.”
The pubs have already raised several thousands of pounds for the hospice, and customers are always pleased to lend their support, whether that is through joining in a race night or buying raffle tickets.
Cask Ale Week is a campaign organised by CAMRA and Cask Marque to encourage more people to try real ale in their local pubs. “And with 10p per pint going to this amazing place, there has never been a better time to try real ale,” Craig adds.