AN historic East Staffordshire pub has raised an incredible £20,000 for a cancer charity after donating all of its takings for one weekend.
The Meynell Ingram Arms, based in Bromley Road, Hoar Cross, has handed the major cash boost to St Giles Hospice following a successful Easter weekend.
The charity revealed that it will spend the cash providing free medical and nursing care to people in the area living with cancer and other serious illnesses.
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 benefitted our community for more than 30 years.
“The Meynell Ingram Arms was reopened last year after a complete renovation by Hoar Cross residents Warren and Veronica Bailey.
“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.
“It means that we have raised a total of £20,000 for St Giles.
“We expected it to be a busy weekend but this is fantastic.
“We would like to say a special thanks to everyone that visited The Meynell over the bank holiday weekend and our staff who did a great job serving record numbers of customers”
The watering hole arranged several events over the weekend including a DJ, live music, cocktail nights and a family pizza workshop to help raise funds for the hospice, which gets only a third of funding provided by Government and, thus, relies heavily on fund-raising.
The Meynell was reopened in October last year after it underwent a six month renovation.
The pub is well known across the borough for the staging of the Downhill Soapbox Race, which raised money for various charities.
It has been visited on several occasions by Prince Charles when he was attending meetings of the Meynell.
It was awarded the title of Pub of the Year in 2004 and 2005 in the Taste of Staffordshire Awards, having also won the Restaurant of the Year gong in 2003.