Landlady Jo plans safe haven for children

We Can Do It T-shirt winner Jo Clarke, landlady of The Brewer's Arms, Milton Road, Milton, Portsmouth. ''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (124126-949)
We Can Do It T-shirt winner Jo Clarke, landlady of The Brewer's Arms, Milton Road, Milton, Portsmouth. ''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (124126-949)

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Caring landlady Jo Clarke Johnstone is this week’s worthy We Can Do It T-shirt winner because she plans to set up a safe haven for disabled children in the back garden of her pub.

Jo, 41, who runs The Brewer’s Arms, in Milton, Portsmouth, has been inspired to set up a small space with crashmats and play equipment because she has friends who have children in need of help.

She hopes to get her project set up in the new year and in the meantime she is calling on companies to offer their services.

She wants firms to donate games and equipment so kids can spend the day enjoying themselves.

Jo, who is originally from Manchester, says: ‘We feel that it is incredibly important to help people in the community who are less fortunate.

‘It’s not just about raising money. It’s about doing practical things that will change people’s lives.

‘I want to create a place where children can go and feel safe.’

Jo has also decided to hold events next year which will raise money for Willows Vision Appeal, which funds treatment for a blind girl who has cerebral palsy.

And Jo hopes that Fullers, which owns the pub, will give her a beer barrel to auction off for the worthy cause.

‘I get great pleasure out of helping others,’ she adds.

To help, call the pub on (023) 9273 6583.