Pub tournament brings back the Carling Cup

By Ed Bedington

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Graham Bedford, licensee of the Bell Inn, with the GK Carling Cup and winning team members from Diageo
Graham Bedford, licensee of the Bell Inn, with the GK Carling Cup and winning team members from Diageo

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An inter-pub football tournament has helped to raise more than £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support thanks to Greene King Pub Partners and Carling.

The Greene King Carling Cup was hosted at the Bell Inn, Panfield, which features a full-size football pitch.

The tournament saw 10 teams take part, made up of Greene King and Carling members of staff through to Pub Partners licensees and suppliers. After 7 matches, a team from Diageo lifted the ‘Greene King Carling Cup’ in a thrilling final.

The competition was made possible thanks to sponsorship from Carling, who provided a bar, football kits, pitches boards and even stadia seating to complete the experience.

Coca Cola also kindly supported the day by providing complimentary soft drinks for all the players and volunteers involved in the tournament.

A charity auction rounded the day off, and the total raised for Macmillan Cancer Support was £5,040, which will help the charity continue to do whatever it takes to provide vital care and support for people living with cancer.

Earlier this year, Greene King Pub Partners – the leased, tenanted and franchise division of Greene King – announced a new initiative called ‘Partners Powering Change’. Partners Powering Change enables Greene King’s Partners to get involved in causes including raising money for Greene King corporate charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support.

James Pearson, a Greene King Pub Partners BDM, organised the event. He said: “We’ve had a great day hosting a really fun football tournament, but more importantly we have raised over £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you so much to the team at Carling and Graham Bedford at The Bell Inn for helping make the Greene King Carling Cup possible.”

Wayne Shurvinton, md of Greene King Pub Partners, added: “Pubs are a force for good and the Greene King Carling Cup football tournament shows just that. I am proud to have teamed with our partner Graham and Carling to raise funds for the great work Macmillan Cancer Support do and look forward to making this an annual event in the calendar.”

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