Southsea pub’s charity night a success

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A PUB fun night raised £2,000 for charity in aid of 15-month-old Joseph Bowen who has leukaemia.

The event held in Kingsleys Bar, Osborne Road, Southsea, raised the money for children’s charity Clic Sargent – the organisation that Joseph’s parents Steven and Celine collect funds for.

At six months old, Joseph was diagnosed with infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia – a rare form of cancer affecting only 25 infants a year.

In a bid to keep friends informed of his progress and raise awareness of the condition, the couple set up a blog to record his progress.

They also began raising funds for Clic Sargent in Joseph’s name.

To show his support, family friend Gary Morgan, 49, from Portsmouth, organised the pub night, which was packed with a raffle, auction, buffet and disco.

Celine, 36, from Gosport, said: ‘It was an awesome night, everyone got involved.

‘We never thought it would make as much money as it did – that was very surprising and it made the auction exciting for us to watch.’