Local family brewers Hall & Woodhouse raised over £126,000 through various partnerships over the last charity year.
The money raised in 2021 has brought the company’s total fundraising figure over the past decade to a staggering £1,103,000.
Lucinda Gray, Community Relationships Manager at Hall & Woodhouse, said: “We could not be prouder of the incredible efforts shown by our team and what they have collectively achieved over the past charity year. To be able to take the total money raised in the last decade to over £1million is an extraordinary milestone, and I thank all our team for their ambition and dedication to make this happen.”
A Guinness World Record- breaking pub quiz, and a challenging group paddleboarding excursion were just some of the events and activities arranged by pubs across the south to raise money for their chosen charity partners. In October 2020 Hall & Woodhouse had launched its local ‘pub charity partnerships’, and now each Managed House team and the team based at the brewery select their own charity partner to support within their local community.
£1,867 was raised for Dorset Mind by Hall & Woodhouse team member Jon Mead, by cycling to each of the company’s 50 pubs in Dorset. Jon cycled over 350km over the course of his challenge, which took over 19 hours to complete.
The Crown Hotel in Blandford raised £1,300 for the Blandford Foodbank by hosting a night of live music with Meatloaf tribute act, Meet Loaf, performing the band’s greatest hits. Additionally, almost £18,000
was collected through Hall & Woodhouse’s charity dish initiative, which can be found on the menu at all its Managed Houses. The Steak and Tanglefoot Ale Pie proved to be a popular dish with 25p from each pie bought going straight to the pub’s chosen charity partner.
Lucinda Gray added: “we are constantly looking for new ways to reach out to those who need our support. Our pub teams have faced many challenges over the last few years and yet they continued to prioritise charity fundraising activities and our guests have responded generously in support.
“Our teams are excitedly making plans with their charity partners for the year ahead to ensure we raise even more money in 2022. Activities include the return of our own Dorset Beer Festival to be held at the brewery on Saturday 25th June with all profits from this event going to Dorset Mind.”