North Bar raises almost £30,000 for hospice

By Nikkie Sutton

- Last updated on GMT

Target smashed: North Bar operates seven pubs in and around Leeds
Target smashed: North Bar operates seven pubs in and around Leeds
Leeds-based operator North Bar has raised £27,711.50 for cancer charity St Gemma’s Hospice.

Since reaching its 20th anniversary in July last year, staff from all seven North Bar sites have been involved in fundraising activities with an initial target of £20,000.

North Bar directors John Gyngell and Christian Townsley joined in with the efforts alongside the rest of the North team.

Gyngell strapped on his running shoes and undertook the Great North Run, and Townsley hopped on his bike and raised £3,150 by cycling 140 miles from coast to coast.

Combined efforts

Preston Bar in Oakwood, Leeds, enlisted the help of its regulars to row across Lake Windermere, and North’s Alfred Bar in Meanwood, Leeds, manager Harriet Earl jumped out of a plane.

The brewing arm of the business, North Brewing Co made a charity beer of which 20p of each pint sold was donated to St Gemma’s, and raised just shy of £10,000.

North has supported St Gemma’s, which costs £25,000 to run per day, for many years. The charity provides expert care, support, advice and information for terminally ill patients along with their families, carers and loved ones.

Gyngell said: “We are absolutely delighted to have beaten our fundraising target for St Gemma’s Hospice by raising more than £27,000.

“St Gemma’s is a truly incredible facility that does so much for patients and families within our community and we are extremely proud to support their efforts.”

New partnership

North Bar has also announced it will be partnering with global charity Action Against Hunger for 2018-19.

This partnership will again be supported by a charity beer on the taps across all seven bars, with pop-up fundraising events throughout the year.

Action Against Hunger is an international charity that has been fighting against hunger for almost 40 years across almost 50 continents. Last year, the charity helped more than 20m people.

It’s UK branch has worked with the hospitality industry for almost two decades. In recent years support for the cause has grown across the country, especially in Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool. North Bar is looking forward to this new partnership and to further supporting charitable causes.

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