PUB customers are being encouraged to raise their glasses in a bid to support disabled children in Fareham.
The Rainbow Centre is asking pubs across the area to support Raise a glass for Rainbow – a fundraising initiative which encourages drinkers to make a donation to the charity.
More than 30 pubs across Fareham and Portsmouth have now signed up and staff at the charity are hoping the momentum will grow over the next few weeks.
All pubs supporting the event will either add 10p on to the price of every drink, or shake a bucket around the bar to encourage punters to make a donation.
And The Crown Inn in Fareham was one of the first pubs to support the day, which will takes place on Saturday, June 23.
Manager Lucy Dempsey said: ‘We’re a very communal pub.
‘We like to support local charities as much as we can.
‘We never say no to taking part in a community event.
‘We will be doing as much as we can to raise awareness to make it as successful as possible.’
Clare Acklam, fundraising manager at The Rainbow Centre, said: ‘We want to get the community involved to raise awareness.
‘This is something that we want to do annually.
‘If it goes well hopefully it will be a fun day of the year for future years.
‘And I have been quite surprised at how many pubs want to take part.
‘It’s quite exciting. I am pleased with the response.’
She added: ‘We are trying to think of ways of engaging the community.
‘We aren’t asking people to put in a massive commitment.
‘We want it to be something that people can enjoy.
‘A few pounds make all the difference to us.’
The Rainbow Centre supports children with cerebral palsy and adults with a stroke, MS and Parkinson’s disease, and their families.
To sign up to Raise a glass for Rainbow, please visit rainbowcentre.org or call Clare on 01329 289500.