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Heroic effort raises £20,000
Article date: 08 Aug 2011

Wetherspoon supported three current serving members of the Royal Navy, as they raised £20,000 from a charity walk, for Help for Heroes.

Andy Gibbs, Buster Brown and Dave Chandler walked from Wembley to Cardiff (168 miles), averaging 35 miles each day, to deliver the match ball for the Wales-versus-England football match at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

The route took in Henley-on-Thames, Newbury, Swindon, Cheltenham and Monmouth, before reaching Cardiff. Rooms, for the walkers, were donated by Wetherspoon hotels at Henley-on-Thames (The Catherine Wheel) and Newport (The Queen’s Hotel).

Colin Rawson, pub manager at The Metropolitan Bar, in Baker Street, London, and friend of Andy Gibbs, also arranged for Hereford Brewery to brew a special beer for the occasion.

Real Heroes Ale (4.4% ABV) was on sale at 86 Wetherspoon pubs, in towns and cities along the route. Money was donated by Wetherspoon and Hereford Brewery, on the sale of every pint.

The final amount from Wetherspoon was £4,379.20, with Hereford Brewery adding a further £1,644 to the Help for Heroes coffers.

Colin, pictured left with Andy ‘Gibbo’ Gibbs (right) and Mark Elliott, head of external operations for Help the Heroes, said: “I wanted to support Andy personally in his fund-raising – and it just snowballed."

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