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Lichfield and Burntwood pubs and clubs invited to join charity challenge

Leigh Pritchard from the Whittington Arms with St Giles community fundraiser Sarah Shelton

Leigh Pritchard from the Whittington Arms with St Giles community fundraiser Sarah Shelton

Pubs and clubs in Lichfield and Burntwood are being invited to go head-to-head in a charity challenge to see which can raise the most money for St Giles Hospice.

The battle will see owners and punters coming up with a range of imaginative ways to earn donations and top the 2011 fundraising table.

Helen Relihan, head of fundraising for St Giles Hospice, explained:

“The over-riding theme of the challenge is to have as much fun as possible. Pubs and clubs taking part can raise the money in any way they wish, from darts or pool challenges, discos, headshaves and fancy dress parties to casino nights, special culinary events or perhaps a comedy night  – the sky really is the limit!

“For inspiration, we’ll also provide each entrant with a fundraising pack to get the ideas flowing. Each establishment will also be welcome to take part in existing popular St Giles fundraising events to help boost their total, including our Big Quiz, Dragon Boat Race and Pub and Club Raffle.

“Not only will customers have a great time helping to raise the money, they will no doubt be pleased to be given the opportunity to support people from within their own local community who are being cared for by St Giles.”

The pub or club which raises the most money during the year will be awarded a special trophy and become the first to be inducted into the Challenge’s Hall of Fame.

All entrants will receive the full support of the St Giles fundraising team and have their Pub and Club Challenge events publicised on the charity’s online blog and Facebook page.

To be part of the free challenge landlords and landladies, owners or committee members can register online at or by calling 01543 432 538. The closing date for entries is November 30.

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