Pub regulars’ donations fund families’ trip to Chessington

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TWO coach-loads of children from The Rowans Meerkats Service will go to Chessington World of Adventures, thanks to donations.

Around 90 people from Portsmouth and the surrounding area will enjoy a day out with their families tomorrow.

Martin Munn, from The Fareham Pub, contributed £1,500 of his own money and raised £1,300 from charity events at the pub in order to fund the trip.

He said: ‘We’re a community pub and we’re happy to help people in our own area.’

It is one of the biggest outings the organisation has gone on and everyone is looking forward to the day.

Coaches depart from Fareham and Purbrook.

Sophie De Bere, Rowans Meerkat Service co-ordinator, said: ‘We are very grateful to all the staff and customers at the pub who enabled this trip to Chessington to take place.

‘We could never arrange something like this without the fundraising so it is really special.

‘What’s nice is that we are able to take families, not just the children we work with, so they are able to enjoy a day out together. Everyone’s very excited.’

The Rowan’s Meerkat Service provides ongoing support for children up to the age of 18 who have a significant adult with a life-limiting illness or, who have been bereaved.