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Brakspear chief pulls pints for Sue Ryder charity

By Georgina Townshend , 19-Apr-2017
Last updated on 19-Apr-2017 at 12:16 GMT2017-04-19T12:16:16Z

Brakspear chief: Tom Davies (second left) with members of the bar team at the Little Angel. Image courtesy of Henley Herald.
Brakspear chief: Tom Davies (second left) with members of the bar team at the Little Angel. Image courtesy of Henley Herald.

Going back to his bartending roots, Brakspear’s chief executive pulled pints to help the company raise £51,000 for a chosen charity.

Tom Davies decided to put in a shift at The Little Angel in Henley-on-Thames to raise money for Sue Ryder, the charity that Brakspear supported for 15 months until earlier this year.

The charity provides hospice and neurological care for people facing frightening and life-changing diagnoses.

Davies donated £1 for every pint he poured during his two-hour stint at the Remenham pub, raising a total of £150.

“I’ve worked in a number of bars, first as a student and then as part of my training within the pub industry, but I’ll admit my pint-pulling skills felt a bit rusty to begin with,” said Davies. 

“The arrival of summer in Henley on the day of my shift meant the pub was busy, and there were a few colleagues and friends who’d come in to see me work hard – so I was pretty much chained to the beer pumps for my shift.”

Every little helps

The amount raised was then added to the £2,200 Davies had previously raised by putting himself up for auction at the Brakspear annual awards night last year.

Other members of the Brakspear head office team had also been auctioned at the same event and enthusiastic bidding from the tenants in the room, keen to put their ‘bosses’ to work for them, raised a total of £7,000. Since then, Brakspear’s area managers, finance controllers, marketing team and others have done their bit behind the bar at pubs across the estate.

Davies added: “It was a great evening and reminded me how hard our pub teams work to give their customers a great experience.

“And it’s of course wonderful to have raised a bit more money for Sue Ryder, taking our total collected for the charity to more than £51,000.”

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