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Charities could lose £35m of pub fundraising

By Emily Hawkins contact

- Last updated on GMT

Fundraising black hole: charities and grassroots sports clubs could lose millions of pounds, an organisation has warned
Fundraising black hole: charities and grassroots sports clubs could lose millions of pounds, an organisation has warned

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Charities and grassroots sports organisations could lose an estimated £35m in funds raised for them by pubs.

The Government ordered pubs to close​ for 12 weeks last Friday (20 March), meaning the cancellation of many charity events and schemes across the country.

The estimation of loss comes from PubAid, a group that promotes the good work pubs do for their communities. The organisation has highlighted how pubs have upped the ante in helping their communities, by offering food as takeaways or deliveries, and helping support vulnerable residents.

PubAid co-founder Des O’Flanagan said: “Clearly, traditional fundraising through events in pubs will have to stop in line with Government advice to avoid social contact. With pubs raising £100m a year for charities and £40m to grassroots sports, a three-month lockdown will equate to a £35m shortfall.

“Despite the catastrophic consequences of the pandemic for pubs, many have responded by doing all they can to support customers and local residents, and remain a hub for their community in this time of need.”

He added: “Pubs have survived for hundreds of years by adapting to the changing world around them, and the speed with which so many have changed their business practices in the face of the Covid-19 lockdown is impressive.

“We are only at the beginning of this very difficult time, but we are confident pubs will continue to help people to come through it, offering practical, social and emotional support.

“Pub doors may be shutting, but pubs will find a way to remain a force for good in their local communities.”

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