Gidea Park pub celebrates raising £60,000 for Saint Francis Hospice

PUBLISHED: 10:34 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 06 February 2018

Landlords of The Ship pub, Mary and Chris Smythe pictured with Saint Francis Hospice fundraiser Andy Furneaux, with many regular quiz-goers. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Landlords of The Ship pub, Mary and Chris Smythe pictured with Saint Francis Hospice fundraiser Andy Furneaux, with many regular quiz-goers. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Saint Francis Hospice

A hospice would like to say thank you to a pub after its raised almost £60,000 for the charity over the past decade.

The Ship, Main Road, Gidea Park, which first opened its doors nearly 250 years ago, has been a long-term supporter of Saint Francis Hospice, Havering-atte-Bower, and have finally revealed how much its raised in 10 years.

The pub holds a quiz night every Thursday, which provides an evening of fun for the regulars and around £100 a week for the worthy cause.

It was then last week, that landlords Chris and Mary Smythe, who have been running the pub for all of these years, handed over a cheque for £5,273.90 - the total raised from their quizzing efforts last year.

But the couple insist its more of a team effort, with the pair simply putting out “a few nibbles and provide a venue”.

Chris said: “We don’t do it on our own though,” explained Ian, an equally modest man.

““The regular teams take it in turns to host, and I just manage that rota.

“They write their own questions and act as quiz master too. It’s a real team effort.”

The charity needs to raise over £21,000 each and every day to ensure it can provide its specialist end of life care services to the community at the most important time of their lives.

The £59,654.15 raised by The Ship and its regular quiz-lovers will contribute to the charity’s efforts.

Corporate partnerships manager Mike Allen said: “We are incredibly grateful to Mary and Chris and to everyone who has taken part in the pub’s weekly quiz over the past 10 years.

“This is a wonderful example of the community coming together to have fun while raising money for the hospice.

“We hope the dedication and generosity of the pub’s quizzers will inspire other people to get involved and help us support people when they need it the most.”

For more information on Saint Francis Hospice, visit here

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