Hot fundraising effort sees pub win accolade

left-to-right: Pub manager Martin Chandler, pub customers and fire walkers Dave and Shirley, and pub head chef Martin Cotter.

left-to-right: Pub manager Martin Chandler, pub customers and fire walkers Dave and Shirley, and pub head chef Martin Cotter.

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Fundraising efforts have seen a pub win a top accolade.

The Manor House in Cosham scooped an award after being a top 10 fundraiser for children’s charity the Little Heroes Cancer Trust.

The Court Lane pub spent last year raising money and made a donation to the charity of £3,124.

One of the biggest amounts raised was through a fire walk in which employees and pub-goers were encouraged to walk on hot coals.

Pub manager Martin Chandler and three customers who took part in the fire walk were presented with the fundraising award by the Little Heroes Cancer Trust’s chief executive, Colin Nesbitt.

Martin says: ‘When I heard about firewalking for charity, I thought it was something different that would get people talking and, most importantly, involved.

‘We had a great turnout on the day. Our staff and customers who took part were cheered on every step on the way.

‘We are thrilled to be a top fundraising pub for Little Heroes Cancer Trust.

‘It was a fantastic event for a fantastic cause and we are extremely grateful to everyone who helped make it a success.’

The event was staged by Unite & Ignite, which holds firewalking events to raise funds for the Little Heroes Cancer Trust.

Colin adds: ‘I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to the Manor House for supporting Little Heroes Cancer Trust by hosting one of our firewalking events.

‘I would also like to say a huge thank you to the customers of the pub and the people of Portsmouth who sponsored their hot-footed friends and helped raise so much money for our cause.

‘Thanks to their generosity we can continue to help bring smiles to the faces of children who are being treated for cancer.’

As last year’s fire walking fundraiser was such a success, the pub is already planning to hold another event this summer.

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