SIX men have completed a 24-hour pool marathon as part of a Portsmouth pub’s fundraising efforts for two military charities.
Activities at The Royal in Commercial Road, Landport, included a meat raffle, karaoke and live music over the weekend.
All of the money raised during the timetable of events will be donated to Help for Heroes and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
Steve Welch, the pub’s landlord who used to be in the army, decided to organise the weekend of events.
‘It started when I met Simon Dack, who is a captain, and I told him we were doing this event for Help for Heroes.
‘He told me about the work he does for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
‘We are raising money for Help for Heroes because their work should be funded by the government, but it isn’t. But now half the money is also going to the Royal Marines’ charity.’
Captain Simon Dack MBE Royal Marines, who works at the Royal Navy Command Headquarters, said a chance meeting had led to a friendship between him and Steve being formed.
Simon was also taking part in the 24-hour pool marathon, which began at 6pm on Friday.
He said: ‘It is the charity’s 350th anniversary this year.
‘We are trying to raise £6m so there are a lot of different things happening to raise money. I represent the charity as a volunteer and thought this was a good opportunity to raise some money.
‘There is a raffle which has got 12 prizes donated by local companies. There are prizes like a carvery for four, hair voucher for £40, there is a lovely big cake and fruit bowl, bottles of Chablis and Champagne. Because they have been donated, we can put that money straight to the good causes.’
After an initial count, the weekend raised about £1,500, which will be split equally between the two charities.
Steve said he is thankful to all of the customers who took part in the events over the weekend and who have been supporting the pub’s fundraising efforts.
As well as helping to organise the pub’s charitable weekend, Simon is preparing to for a run up the rock of Gibraltar with 350 other fundraisers later this year.
He has raised almost £5,000 and will be collecting money at Fratton Park on Saturday, before Pompey’s match with Cheltenham Town.
To sponsor Simon, visitjustgiving.com/Simon-Dack1664.