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Amazing generosity
Article date: 21 Jan 2012

Wetherspoon pubs across the northwest have collectively raised more than £65,000 for CLIC Sargent, thanks to the efforts of area manager Craig Coombes and his pubs.

Every outlet in Craig’s region has staged various fund-raising events, to generate the massive total.

The Richard John Blackler, in Liverpool, tops the list with £11,440, more than £1,000 of which was raised in a bungee jump event.

The Fall Well, in Liverpool, and The Mockbeggar Hall, in Moreton, collected £689 and £550 (respectively) in their sponsored cycleathon events.

Race nights at The Mockbeggar Hall and The Childwall Fiveways Hotel, Liverpool, also generated £840 and £240 (respectively), while a charity abseil and Halloween party saw The Picturedrome, Liverpool, chip in with £860.

Craig (pictured front row, third right), led a team in a ‘three-peaks challenge’ event, raising more than £10,000, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in a 24-hour period.

Craig and his fellow fund-raisers, Phil Buckley, Will Fotheringham, Chris Place, Paul Curran, Andy Tongue, Mike Hall, Kev Simmons, Nigel Connor, Shaun Reilly and Ian Cross, completed the challenge in 23 hours and 48 minutes.

Starting at Ben Nevis in torrential rain, they completed the Scottish leg in five hours, before setting off to Cumbria, climbing Scafell Pike through the night. It took the team three hours and 20 minutes to get to the summit and descend Snowdon to finish – with 12 minutes to spare.

Mike Hall, pub manager at The Mockbeggar Hall, said: “The efforts by everyone involved have been outstanding – and the area team spirit is fantastic.”

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