On the seventh day of Christmas Marston’s gave to me…

Seven magical moments

Heroes of the Community presents Marston’s Magic of Christmas…

This year, our Taverns support team is getting behind a handful of pubs going above and beyond in their community during the festive season. From free children’s parties to Christmas lunches for the elderly, these pubs really know how to spread Christmas cheer.

Each pub will get hand-delivered hampers full of merchandise and food supplies to spice up their festive event. The support team (with funding from the Marston’s Charitable Foundation) put together the hampers and called on suppliers and teammates (elves!) at Marston’s House to help with the assembly.

A HUGE well done to all the teams involved – your pubs play a really important role at the heart of your community. Here’s a round-up of what some of them will be getting up to:

  • Every year for the last fifteen, Alison and Des at The Ollerton House host a Christmas party for 60 elderly people living in nearby retirement homes. This year, guests will tuck into a two course carvery that’s completely subsidised by the pub!
  • Chris, Manager at the Red Lion, Parbold, always goes above and beyond in helping his community. He’s hosting a festive dinner with live entertainment for local people who have been identified as living alone. The local authority is supporting the event by providing transport.
  • Lisa at The Moreton Arms, Wolverhampton, is putting on an afternoon of music, dancing, food and drink for around 80 elderly customers. She started this tradition seven years ago and funds it with a collection box on the bar!
  • Gill and Trevor at The Cyn’s Tavern in Manchester, regularly raise money for local charities and in particular the local hospice. This year, they’ll be hosting a Christmas party for local residents living on their own.
  • Sharon and her team are putting on a huge Bandeoke (live band karaoke!) at The Crumpled Horn, Upminster, to raise money for First Step. In the last two months, they’ve raised £8,500 for the charity and they’re expecting around 200 guests on the night.
  • Emma and James at The Oddfellows in Caldbeck put people first in their community. They provide a ‘meals on wheels’ service to local elderly residents three times a week and this Christmas they’ll be hosting a special festive party. Emma and James also raise money for charity and this year James shaved his head, raising £1,000 for Macmillan.
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