Big-hearted pub given cash to help the community

BIG-HEARTED Martin and Diane Munns behind the bar at The Fareham
BIG-HEARTED Martin and Diane Munns behind the bar at The Fareham
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A FAREHAM pub won £3,000 to help good causes after it was shortlisted for a national award.

The Fareham, in Trinity Street, was a finalist in Enterprise Inns’ Community Heroes Awards, held on October 6 at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa, in Blackburn.

Publicans Martin and Diane Munns were nominated for the award due to their passion for their pub and commitment to helping the local community.

Martin said: ‘It was an award for helping the community but we couldn’t have done it without the people in the pub so we were pleased for them to be recognised.

‘Now we are talking to them about what we are going to do with it.’

The kindhearted couple have made plenty of donations to local charities in the past, as well as setting up their own charity called Fin (Fareham in Need) to help families in need in the Fareham area.

They have raised more than £15,000 for good causes including the Guide Dogs, the Rainbow Centre, the Rowans Hospice, Salvation Army, Basics Bank, church appeals, plus more.

They also raised cash to buy a defibrillator, which is fitted to the front of the pub, and is accessible to the public.

They also support local bands by holding an open mic night, and have installed a recording system for bands and artists to use.

Martin said that the pub was currently trying to raise £5,000 to help buy an assistance dog for a seven-year-old boy called Harland Bray who suffers from autism.

The pub is hosting a 25-hour pool and dart-a-thon on Saturday, October 24, starting at 10am, and he encouraged people to come along and donate.

A fundraising darts match last weekend, featuring 11th-ranked player in the world, Simon Whitlock, was also a success, raising more than £250.

The Enterprise Community Heroes initiative, now in its fourth year, celebrates the role publicans and their pubs play in enhancing the lives of local people, and this year a record number received cash prizes to spend on their local 
communities.

Enterprise sales and marketing director James Armitage said the awards received 426 entries, which is more than ever before.

The Fareham came first in its region, with the Barley Mow in Southsea coming second.

The Cellar House, in Eaton, Norwich won the national award.