Pub managers ‘keep the beat’

Pub managers in Burbage recently conquered a challenging bike ride to raise funds for Keep the Beat – a charity that assists families affected by congenital heart defects.

‘Keep the Beat’ was set-up in 2010 by Adam and Annita Tansey, after their son was born with half a heart and needed specialist care at their local hospital. Following their journey, the couple founded the charity to support other families affected by heart problems and to help buy essential equipment for the Glenfield Heart Unit in Leicester.

A cycling club was formed from the charity, with the aim to raise awareness and funds through regular events and sponsorship. Two of our leased pubs in Burbage have played a really important part in the club’s fundraising to-date, helping to raise £500,000 over the last six years and nearly £50,000 in 2016 alone!

Bryan and Karen Lear, Managers of the Sycamores Inn, have been heavily involved with Keep the Beat after tragically losing their son Harvey in 2011. Harvey inspired the most recent ‘run to the sun’ challenge, which took place earlier this month in his memory.

‘Run to the sun’ saw the cycling club tackle a 300-mile trip in less than 24 hours. The group set-off from the Anchor Inn in Burbage – another Marston’s leased site – and (after burning around 15,000 calories!) made it to Watergate Bay in Cornwall 21.5 hours later – what an impressive achievement!

Anchor Inn Manager Bob Conley has also been an integral member of the Keep the Beat team, hosting many of the fundraising events and club meetings over the years, and keeping spirits high with several pints of Wainwright! Many club members are also regulars at the Anchor Inn, so it seemed fitting to start the ‘run to the sun’ journey at the club’s ‘home-from-home’.

Bob said: “It’s really great that the Anchor can be so involved and on-hand to help with this great charity. What they are doing is for a cause that I know they hold close to all their hearts, so anything we can do to help, we can!”

The team’s outstanding achievement has been reflected in the ‘run to the sun’ fundraising total, which currently stands at over £44,000. Huge congratulations to all involved for smashing both the challenge and their fundraising target!

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