The award-winning Castle Public House in Bedford has raised thousands of pounds for Teenage Cancer trust thanks to the generosity of their customers and a boost donation from their pub company Charles Wells.
The cash, £9369 in total, will now go to help young people aged 13-24 who have been diagnosed with cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust works in partnership with the NHS, providing expert staff and specialist units in Principal Treatment Centres for cancer, and bring young people together so they can support each other.
Pub regulars and staff got together to raise the cash through a number of events and challenges, all taking place on the same day, including:
- A sponsored 26-mile bike ride around Bedfordshire villages
- Castle customers running the Bedford Half Marathon in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust
- A Medieval Fun Day with live music, games an auction and raffle
Kay Keech, from The Castle, says the dedication of the staff and customers in raising the money has been inspirational, and will help people very close to home: “Everyone involved with these events has dedicated time and money to raise funds for a very important charity. Teenage Cancer Trust help thousands of young people every year and we’re so proud to be helping them, especially as some of our own staff and regulars have sadly had to call upon their support.”
The money raised by The Castle has also been boosted with a £2000 donation from The Castle’s Pub Company, Charles Wells, through their Eagle Aid programme, as Peter Wells, Commercial Director at Charles Wells, explains: “Our pubs are at the heart of their communities and staff and customers at The Castle should be immensely proud of their fundraising achievement. Our Eagle Aid programme seeks to support and encourage Charles Wells pubs to organise charitable activities within their local community.
“I am delighted to be able to help by adding a £2000 donation through our Eagle Aid programme which donates £20,000 each year to support the fundraising efforts of the pubs throughout our estate.”
Helen Bearfield-Swift, Regional Fundraising Manager for East Anglia & East Midlands at Teenage Cancer Trust adds: “We were delighted to be involved with such an imaginative and enjoyable fundraising event, which both the medieval bike ride and castle medieval fun day proved to be. The money raised is going to make a huge difference in ensuring that young people across the country receive age-appropriate care, and help them be teenagers first, cancer patients second. A huge thank you to everyone involved!”
You can find out more about the charitable work carried out by The Castle at www.castlebedford.co.uk