Music and mince pies at Southsea pub’s charity night

Fareham Community Hospital in Salisbury Green

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THE manager of a Southsea pub is asking for one final push to raise £10,000 for a Portsmouth charity.

Punters are being urged to dig deep and donate to the Tom Prince Cancer Trust at tomorrow’s fundraiser night for the charity at The Festing, in Festing Road.

Retro rockers Mojo Dollar will take to the stage from 9pm and wow visitors with their take on classic tunes from the 1960s.

A card game in aid of the charity will be played amongst regulars.

Customers will also get to guess how many pennies are in a jar for the chance to win small prizes.

Staff will also be selling home-made mince pies and cakes throughout the evening.

This year the pub has already raised £7,000 for the trust when bar staff and customers swam from Clarence Pier to South Parade Pier in August.

Extra cash was raised when staff grew out their beards earlier this year.

Pub manager Matt Chapman, who grew up in Elstead Gardens, Purbrook, said: ‘Mojo Dollar is the pub’s favourite band. I couldn’t think of anyone else to really make this happen. We really hope we can get to the £10,000 mark for the charity before the new year.

‘If customers just donate their loose change it could make all the difference. It should be a fantastic night and everyone should be in high spirits because it’s almost Christmas time.’

He added: ‘I had heard of the charity before I became the manager here in 2009.

‘A few of the regulars went to school with Tom so they were really keen for me to get the ball rolling and start fundraising.’