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Burton and South Derbyshire pubs in £2,000 charity boost every year

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 05, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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NEW statistics have shown that pubs in Burton and South Derbyshire help to raise a minimum of £2,000 for charity every single year.

A survey by PubAid, which was set up to highlight the good work that pubs do for the community, revealed that the four figure sum was an average and many pubs in the area raised significantly more.

The results showed that one pub in the area helped rake in £20,000 for one good cause in a year.

Keith Knowles, one of the founders of PubAid and the boss at Beds and Bars, said: "It's amazing and a tribute to licensees that even through what are unquestionable testing times across the retail sector, that they still invest so much time and effort into fund-raising – I think that says so much about the selflessness of licensees in Burton and South Derbyshire."

The funds raised have come from everything including collection boxes on the bar and organised events.

More than 1,000 pubs across the entire UK were surveyed in the PubAid research.

The survey was carried out in both 2009 and 2011, and this year also showed a drop in levels giving to military-related charities with cancer causes topping the giving lists.

The Meynell Ingram Arms, based in Bromley Road, Hoar Cross, smashed the £2,000 average when, earlier this year, staff and customers handed a major £20,000 cash boost to St Giles Hospice

Caroline Kerr, general manager of the pub, told the Mail the reasons behind its 'outstanding generosity'.

She said: "As a local business, it is an honour and privilege to be associated with a charity that has greatly benefited our community for more than 30 years.

"By pledging 10 per cent of takings from our grand opening, we raised £1,230 for the hospice and then we took it a step further and donated 100 per cent of takings from Good Friday through to Easter Monday."

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