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Guide Dogs latest to benefit from Beaufort fundraising

Posted on Saturday 28th September 2019 at 7:11 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the cheque presentation.

The Guide Dogs charity is the latest good cause to benefit from regular fundraising activities at the Beaufort Arms in Stoke Gifford.

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.”

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Another ‘grand’ chalked up by prolific fundraiser

Posted on Thursday 28th March 2019 at 7:32 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of the charity cheque presentation in front of the Beaufort Arms.

In the January issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal, we saw local resident Tony Giles hand over a cheque for £2,000 to the charity Above and Beyond, who raise vital funds for hospitals in the centre of Bristol. This month, Tony has already reached his next target of raising another £1,000 for the charity.

On Sunday 10th February, at the Beaufort Arms in Stoke Gifford, a cheque was presented to Above and Beyond for the Meadow Ward at Bristol Children’s Hospital. The Meadow Ward is a surgical ward and the money raised will be used to purchase new play equipment for the children to use both before and after their surgeries.

Speaking after the cheque presentation, Tony said:

“There was a really good turnout for the presentation of the £1,000 and I am really happy that we have reached the target already. I have received lots of positive feedback which makes it all worthwhile.”

Lydia McGivern, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity, said:

“We are so grateful to Tony and everyone at the Beaufort Arms for their amazing support. In the last three years they have raised over £5,000 for Bristol city centre hospitals, supporting areas including bowel cancer research, children’s cardiac services and children’s cancer services. This donation will go to Meadow Ward, the day case surgical unit at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, where young patients prepare for surgery. This can be a frightening time, and the support of the Beaufort Arms will help to make the ward as comfortable as possible.”

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Pub regular’s fundraising goes Above & Beyond

Posted on Sunday 13th January 2019 at 7:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the charity cheque presentation in front of the Beaufort Arms.

Local resident Tony Giles spends his Sunday afternoons at the Beaufort Arms, located on North Road, Stoke Gifford, raising money for local charities. Since January 2018 he has raised an impressive £2,000, which he has chosen to donate to the Above & Beyond charity which raises funds for hospitals in Bristol.

Tony has been raising money at the Beaufort Arms for nearly 30 years with his weekly meat raffle and games of ‘higher or lower’. He estimates that over the years he has probably raised about £50,000, which has all gone to local charities.

Above & Beyond is a Bristol-based charity which aims to raise funds to ensure patient care is the very best it can be in Bristol city centre hospitals. With the money that they receive from donors and supporters they fundraise to:

  • Create welcoming environments
  • Provide world class facilities and the latest technology
  • Fund innovative research
  • Support staff training and development

As the charity supports a wide variety of departments across the Bristol hospitals, Tony usually specifies which area he would like to donate the money raised to. This time, he wanted the £2,000 raised to go to the Children’s Hospital; more specifically, the cancer and cardiac wards.

Having a heart condition himself; Tony has spent a lot of time in hospital and knows what a scary place it can be, especially for children. This is one of the reasons why he chose Above & Beyond to donate the money to. He says:

“I really enjoy raising the money. As my heart function is so low, I don’t get about so much, so this gives me something to do. I want to give something back so I make sure that I always choose local charities and departments that don’t get much financial support.”

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The Beaufort Arms goes ‘dog-friendly’!

Posted on Friday 19th October 2018 at 5:23 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of three dog owners standing in front of the bar and holding their pets in the Beaufort Arms, Stoke Gifford.

The Beaufort Arms, a local pub in Stoke Gifford, has decided to let owners bring their dogs into the bar area of the establishment.

The decision was made by the manager, Jim, who being a dog owner himself decided that it was time to welcome other dog owners into the pub. He said:

“Being part of the community is really important and a large part of our community is people who own dogs. I don’t want to be the person who has to say ‘no’ and stop them from having fun. They should be able to come and enjoy spending time at our pub just as much as everyone else.”

The decision has come after a few regulars inquired into why dogs were not allowed indoors when there are many other pubs nearby that do allow them in. Jim decided that he needed to show an understanding for what it is like to have a dog and how difficult it can be to find dog friendly places to go for a drink or a meal.

Ben Bartlett and Glyn Lloyd (pictured with their dogs) are both regulars in the pub and were both thrilled by the news, Ben and his wife said: “We’re delighted! Now we can come out for a drink with Rosie without the worry of the weather changing”, and Glyn added: “I think it’s great. I’ve just retired so now I can go for a walk and then come and enjoy a couple of beers with my dog.”

However, for those who may not want to share their meal with a furry canine, there is no need to worry as dogs are only allowed in one area of the pub; in the bar area up to the fireplace but beyond that is reserved for diners with two legs only.

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