Pub’s festival raises cash for hospice

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PUB-GOERS hope to have raised thousands of pounds for charity at a community festival.

The Fox and Hounds pub in Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville, held a three-day festival in aid of The Rowans Hospice at the weekend.

HEAVE! Kimberley Brewer, 11, left and Claire Morey, nine, in the girls against boys tug-of-war.   (113047-708)

HEAVE! Kimberley Brewer, 11, left and Claire Morey, nine, in the girls against boys tug-of-war. (113047-708)

Bands played live performances for free and families took part in the pub’s fun day on Saturday.

Manager Kelly Sweeting said: ‘It was absolutely brilliant.

‘Loads of people turned up and everyone had a really good time.

‘We are really grateful to everyone who took part and donated things to us for the weekend.

‘It was a real community event because everyone pitched in to help each other.’

Last year the pub raised £1,600 for The Rowans Hospice.

This year staff hope to set a new record.

Dozens of families turned up to take part in a tug-of-war followed by a balloon release.

Kathy Farmer, 33, of Mill Road, Waterlooville, was there with her partner Keith and their four children.

She said: ‘It’s been a really great day and so much has been going on.

‘The kids have really enjoyed themselves and so have we.’