Pub is flying high after £15k charity gift

Staff, patrons and regulars at the Duke of Wellington hand a check of �15,415.75 to Dr Cyril Nyman. OS
Staff, patrons and regulars at the Duke of Wellington hand a check of �15,415.75 to Dr Cyril Nyman. OS

A team of prolific fundraisers from a village pub have handed over of more than £15,000 to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

A ham and chine supper event at the Duke of Wellington, on Station Road, in Midville, saw residents, patrons and volunteers attend to see the cheque for £15,415.75 handed to Dr Cyril Nyman on behalf of the charity.

Pub landlady Dawn Wilson said: “In this climate it’s good to raise that amount of money as there’s not much to go around at the moment.”

The money has been raised through a variety of events held by the Duke of Wellington Air Ambulance Committee throughout the year.

They include quizzes, bingos, raffles and private donations.

There was a total of £153 in a swear box on the bar – which included £20 from one man who didn’t send Christmas cards.

Dawn said none of the regulars swear that often but were generous and put their hands in their pocket when they did.

The pub also held it’s first Party on the Bank this year, which included performances by local acts and a disco.

It raised between £17-1800 and Dawn said it was well attended throughout the day despite bad weather.

The pub has been raising money for the Lincolnshire Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and was originally the idea of Dawn’s husband Trevor.

The small committee meets every month to come up with ideas.

In total since they started the committee has raised just short of £155,000.

Dawn and Trevor thanked everyone who had helped raise money throughout the year.

Last year the pub raised just over £17,200.

In January, the committee’s Annual General Meeting will be held and planning will begin for next year.

The ham and chine supper kicked off this year’s fundraising with just over £600.

For more information call 01205 270593.