Exmouth pub pulls over £100 for British Lung Foundation
PUBLISHED: 06:55 09 November 2013
A SERIES of events at the Bicton Inn has raised more than £100 for the British Lung Foundation.
A poetry evening on October 26 brought in £64, while a Hallowe’en night featuring ghost stories, poems and quiz raised £35.
More money was raised for the campaign at a Beer Festival over the weekend, with live music from Pete Botez, the Wheezing Duffers, the Shelly Beach Boys, Martin Weller and Ben Cochrane.
“It was a very successful beer festival,” said Alison Brockbank, the Bicton’s publican. “Thanks to everybody for supporting the various events.”
At the end of the Hallowe’en event, Councillor Steve Gazzard – whose daughter Sarah Wright died last year while waiting for a double lung transplant – also thanked everyone for their fundraising efforts.
“The Bicton – Alison in particular – has been extremely supportive in anything that they’ve put on for the fundraising,” said Cllr Gazzard.
“All of the money raised goes to the British Lung Foundation for research, which is vitally important to find out why my daughter contracted the illness.”
Cllr Gazzard and others – including Cllr Bill Nash, Richard Price from Jax Taxis, Andy and Julie Green from Bay FM and Exmouth’s town crier Roger Bourgein – were out at the Magnolia Centre at the weekend, encouraging passers-by to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Fifteen new donors signed up, bringing the total number of donors who have signed up in Exmouth since June 2012 to 1,465.
Cllr Gazzard is near his target of 1,500 people, a figure he had hoped to reach to coincide with the anniversary of his daughter’s death at the weekend.
He will be back in the Magnolia this week, aiming to hit that target.
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