Pub manager Cliff Beech and his wife Shirley are raising a glass to their regulars for their generosity to St Ann’s over many years.
The couple wants to thank loyal customers at the Colliers Arms on Sale Lane, Tyldesley, for donating more than £12,000 to the charity.
Pub goers have even raised £3,200 since lockdown began from various events, including an annual bowls tournament and an inaugural golf day. Raffles and a bonus ball competition have also contributed towards the total for our Little Hulton hospice.
Our customers have been brilliant and everyone knows what St Ann's means to them. They've all had family and friends cared for there and as soon as they know it's for the hospice they put in. Anything we do for St Ann's they're up for. Our regulars are like a family and we can't thank them enough. We ran a pub in Wigan and a guest house in Blackpool for 30-odd years and have only been here two years and this is where we're going to retire. Cliff Beech, Pub Manager at Colliers Arms
The golf day, organised by Bob Fitton and Deane Parish, was held at the Great Lever and Farnworth club, raising £700.
Deane’s sister Lorna Matthews works at St Ann’s and their late mum Ann was a patient there four years ago, whilst her brother Roland Scales passed away in the hospice recently.
Alongside the money raised, the pub has also donated toys, food and other items as part of its support for our hospice.
Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of the hospice, said:
We’re hugely grateful to Cliff, Shirley, Bob and Deane, and everyone else who has donated or supported the Colliers Arms in their fundraising. They’ve raised such an incredible amount for our patients, and we can’t thank them enough. It’s extremely hard to fundraise in the current environment, and we’re reliant on the generosity of local people to make sure we can continue to keep our doors open for patients. We really appreciate everything our local communities are doing to support us. Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive