Saturday 13 July 2013

British pubs raise over £100 million for charityin the last year

· 85% of pubs raise money for Charity
· Each pub raises on average £2,742
· 5% growth in fundraising since 2010
· New research shows people would visit pubs
more regularly if their local pubs organised
more charity events
· CAMRA launch national ‘Pubs & Charity’
campaign to raise awareness of this fantastic
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, in
association with PubAid, has launched
‘Pubs & Charity’ month and announced new
research that shows British pubs raised more
than £106 million in the last year for different
charities. This is an average of £2,742 per pub.
In a study conducted by CGA on behalf of
CAMRA and PubAid, results showed that 85%
of pubs were actively raising money for charity
and despite tough economic times, funds
raised annually by pubs had increased by
nearly 5% since 2010.
CAMRA’s ‘Pubs & Charity’ campaign
encourages pubs to organise charity events
throughout July and promote the amazing
work they do to the media and their
communities. Pubs sometimes get unfairly
blamed for anti-social behaviour in villages,
towns and cities and this campaign aims to
help raise the profile of the British pub.
In a separate independent survey
commissioned for CAMRA and PubAid by TNS,
research showed that more people would use
their local pubs if more charity events were
organised. 21% of all adults agreed with this
statement but it was an amazing 32% of young
adults aged 18-24 who said they would use
their local more regularly if more events
supported charities.
CAMRA has issued around 7,000 free
promotional packs to pubs to help them
advertise what they have planned for July. This
campaign will not only benefit charities but
also encourage more people to support their
community pubs, which is important at a time
when 26 pubs are closing every week.
Mike Benner, CAMRA’s Chief Executive said,
“CAMRA and PubAid feel it is time British pubs
got the recognition for the amazing funds they
raise for numerous charities across Britain.
Pubs can get unfairly blamed for a lot of anti-
social behaviour but often the alcohol that has
led to these problems has not been drunk in
Benner concluded, “The pub industry has been
struggling in these tough economic times but
our new research shows all parties win if pubs
run charity events. The charities get important
funds, pubs get busier and the locals get some
fun events to attend. We hope everyone will
encourage their local pub to participate in
July’s ‘Pubs & Charity’ month and the
community will support these activities.”
Des O’Flanagan, one of the co-founders of
PubAid, said: “What other industry can
demonstrate such generosity and selflessness
in this economic climate. These results should
act as a reminder that pubs are very much
part of the fabric of our community and make
a meaningful contribution”.
Mr O’Flanagan added, “The PubAid team is
dedicated to combatting the areas of the press
and perception from some corners that view
pubs as only having a negative contribution to
society. We do this by sharing the work that
pubs do for charitable causes. The contribution
of licensees and their customers is made even
more amazing if you consider the financial
pressure licensees and consumers are under at
the moment”.
JD Wetherspoon, who has a pub estate of over
850 pubs, has recently announced they have
now raised a staggering £7 million over the
years for CLIC Sargent.
Lorraine Clifton, Chief Executive of CLIC
Sargent said, “This is a towering achievement
by J D Wetherspoon and it means everything
to the children and young people and their
families whom we look after. Every penny
raised means we can help more children and
young people and their families coping with
cancer. That is priceless.”
A few examples of what pubs in the ‘Wales’
CAMRA region have been doing:
The Crown Inn (Llwyndafydd),
Llwyndafydd, Wales (SA44 6BU)
The pub ran a charity Family Fun day on Sat
4th May raising over £550 for the Womens Aid
West Wales Charity. Lots was going on
including Live music outside during the day
and inside at night, donkey rides, bouncy
castle, duck racing, cheese and wine tasting,
all day food, childrens story telling etc and
local stalls.
The Crown Inn, Llantwit Fardre, Wales,
CF38 2HL
The pub allow charities to have fund raising
events in our function room at no charge (e.g.
Rhondda Breast Friends, MacMillan) hold
coffee mornings for MacMillan, hold a weekly
quiz to raise money for: M.S., Cancer
Research, Bobath, Dogs Trust, the local Scouts
Group, Joshua Foundation, and have regular
charity raffles and other special events
throughout the year.
The Blinkin Owl, Torfaen (NP 44 4TP)
The Blinkin' Owl hosted four days of activities
over the bank holiday weekend in 2012 to
remember Kirsty Allen and to raise money for
the Children's Liver Disease Foundation. (Miss
Allen was 20 when she died from the liver
condition autoimmune hepatitis on August 27
2011). The pub also organise ongoing charity

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