Representatives from the charity’s South Gloucestershire Fundraising Group visited the pub on Sunday 18th August when they were presented with a cheque for £1,000.
The money has been collected through activities organised by prolific fundraiser Tony Giles, who for many years has staged a weekly ‘meat raffle’ in the pub at 3.30pm on Sunday afternoons. Further funds are raised through a ‘higher or lower’ card game which follows the raffle at around 4.15pm and from a lottery bonus ball competition.
Monica Cave, organiser of the local branch of Guide Dogs, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity, said:
“Thank you so much to Tony, staff and customers at the Beaufort Arms for their amazing £1,000 donation raised from their weekly meat raffle.”
“I am always amazed at the diverse types of fundraising people choose to do when supporting Guide Dogs and a meat raffle is definitely a first for our South Gloucestershire Fundraising Group. I always love to see people enjoying themselves while fundraising and I am sure staff and the customers all had a great time.”
“Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind and Guide Dogs enable thousands of people with sight loss to lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives. We rely on public donations like this to continue our life-changing work and provide vital services to blind and partially sighted people.”
If you would like to know more about the Guide Dogs Charity and how they help to change people’s lives visit www.guidedogs.org.uk or
call 0118 983 5555.
Tony already has a beneficiary lined up for his next charity donation – The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) – an organisation suggested by a member of staff at the Beaufort Arms who has a child with the condition.
Photo: Cheque presentation (l-r): Monica Cave (Guide Dogs Charity), Lorna, Sue (guide dog owner and Guide Dogs Charity fundraiser), Jim Carey (pub manager) and Tony Giles.
This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 14). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.