The sum has been raised by pubs from the brewery’s home county and wider afield, with plans to raise more.
Employees for the business have run and cycled 5km distances, giving their own money and encouraging their peers to donate £5 to the Hertfordshire Community Foundation.
The team initially aimed to raise £1,000 – a figure it exceeded within 24 hours.
As well as exercise challenges across the company, the business’s kitchen development team at its head office has also been raising money with a baking project.
The team produced ‘bakes in a box’, which contain recipes and pre-weighed raw ingredients that are in short supplies in shops for such things as cakes and brownies. £1 from each box sold is to be donated to the hospice foundation.
Managing director Heydon Mizon said: “It is a difficult time for us all but we are incredibly proud that our team have found such varied ways to help each other, their communities and neighbours. They are a genuinely passionate, lovely bunch of people.”
He encouraged people to donate the money they would usually spend at one of the company’s pubs towards one of the fundraising initiatives.
All funds will be topped up by the Mac’s Hart Trust, which will add £1 for every £10 raised. The charity supports partnership pubs raising money for their chosen charities.
Donations can be made via a JustGiving page.
Mizon outlined the pub operator’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in an interview with The Morning Advertiser last month, explaining the importance of the continuation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to protect pubs during the reopening phase.
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