Pub raises hundred’s for town’s hospice

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Caring pub-goers have raised more than £400 for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.

Regulars at The Black Swan in Normanton raised the cash by taking part in a Wet January campaign.

The pub’s owner, Wayne Pickup, came up with the alternative to the annual Dry January initiative to encourage customers to carry on drinking and help a good cause.

Mr Pickup said: “We had a great time raising money with regulars. It’s a brilliant charity that does loads of caring work in the community and most people will be touched by it in their lives at some point.”

The pub lowered the cost of many of its draught beers by 20p and customers were asked to donate the extra change from their cheaper pints to the hospice.

Katie Moore, community fundraiser at the hospice, said: “The pub came up with a great idea to support the hospice throughout January and raised a fantastic amount.

“We are always looking to get pubs and clubs involved with fundraising and their idea was something a bit different and allowed customers to continue socialising while supporting the hospice.”