A Sleaford pub and its drinkers has won an award for their charity fundraising efforts in raising over £12,000 for local good causes.
The Shoulder of Mutton in Ruskington has won the title Best Charitable Pub 2013, for the East Anglia and East Midlands region, in the Great British Pub Awards 2013.
The awards are organised by industry magazine the Publican’s Morning Advertiser. Pubs entered details of their fundraising efforts before judges conducted interviews about their charity work, with the Shoulder of Mutton coming out on top. The award is run in partnership with Pub Aid, an industry initiative highlighting the charity work pubs undertake.
Pub manager Sarah Tonge said: “We raised a lot of money for charity last year and decided to give it a shot but it was a nice surprise to become regional winners.”
The pub has raised just over £12,000, mainly for local charities or something significant to customers. Sue said: “We do the Party in the Car Park for LIVES each year and did a three club golf challenge where a group of customers went round three golf courses using just three golf clubs in one day in aid of Orchid male cancer.”
Their last bike ride for Macmillan raised £2,500, while the women did a ‘Mini Moonwalk’ touring the village with collecting buckets. On St George’s Day the pub cooked a traditional dinner to raise money for the British Legion using locally donated produce.
Sue will go to the finals at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London, on September 12, hosted by comedian Greg Davies, where the pub goes head to head with five other regional winners for the UK’s Best Charitable Pub 2013 and overall title of Great British Pub of the Year.
Sue said: “You don’t expect anything back for it, but it is nice to be recognised, showing pubs are truly an important part of the community.”