Minster landlords – and Dave the dog – present disco cash to Pilgrims Hospices

Fiona and Ken, with Dave the dog, hand over a cheque to Karen Kenward from Pilgrims Hospice

Regulars at the Bell Inn in Minster have donated £1.141.84 to Pilgrims Hospices.

They raised the money by holding an 80s disco charity evening.

Landlady and Landlord Fiona and Ken Shewring, with Dave their four-year-old Irish Wolf Hound, presented the cheque to Karen Kenward, Community Fundraising Manager for Pilgrims Hospice Thanet.

Fiona said:  “A regular visitor to the Bell Inn offered to DJ an 80s disco evening for charity, we asked our customers who they would like to support with the funds raised by the event.

“Pilgrims Hospices came up time and time again.  Many of our families, friends and colleagues have needed Pilgrims care, we were very pleased nominate this very important local charity to benefit from our event.

“We held a huge raffle at the event, with some fantastic prizes, many donated by local businesses.  Thank you everyone who joined us to help raise such a brilliant sum of money for Pilgrims.”

The regulars at the Bell Inn are used to the friendly face of Dave the dog when visiting.  He has a well stock biscuit box behind the bar and will always share a paw for his treats.

He’s a dog with a healthy appetite and will manage a tin of food, two tubs of his favourite biscuits daily and receives a special treat of Sunday lunch whenever he gets a chance.

Karen said: “This really is an amazing amount of money raised by the community in Minster, we cannot thank them enough.  A huge thank you to Fiona and Ken for their continued support by way of Pilgrims Hospices collection tins placed on the pub bar.

“Dave the dog was a big surprise at the cheque presentation. He has also been entered in the competition to be the poster dog for Pilgrims new fun sponsored doggy walk Paws 4 Pilgrims.”

Paws 4 Pilgrims takes place next year, entries close for doggy photos on August 31.  If you would like to upload your dog’s photo please do so via Pilgrims Hospice Facebook page. www.pilgrimshospices.org.

If you would like more information on events and fundraising for Pilgrims Hospices you can contact [email protected]

Coming up

Pilgrims sponsored night time walk takes place on Saturday 30 September.

Join a sparking stroll under the stars, start and finish in Broadstaris on a 5K or 8K lantern lit walk.

All the details can be found at www.pilgrimshospices.org