A PUB landlady believes a callous Facebook message put a dampener on a charity fundraising event.
Thelma Adams, 49, admitted she expected more people to turn up at the event at the Causeway pub, in Stranton, Hartlepool, for a chilli cook-off that failed to raise the amount of money she had hoped.
The mum of two said she is still happy to have raised £200 at the event.
But she was fuming when she discovered that people had received an alert on social networking site Facebook saying the fundraising event had been cancelled.
Thelma, who runs the pub with her partner, Sean Bell, 45, said she has no idea why anyone would send such a message and is now trying to trace the guilty person.
She believes the heartless Facebook message at least halved the total amount of money raised at the event for the Hartlepool and Seaton Carew branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind.
“We just don’t know why anyone would tell people that it was going to be cancelled,” said Thelma. We didn’t receive anything but a few people have told us that they got something on Facebook.
“I couldn’t believe it when I found out.”
The event was organised after a corned beef pie-off at the pub earlier this year in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice.
Following that successful fundraiser, Thelma was challenged by pub punter Zac Goodwill to see who could make the best chilli dish.
And despite Thelma’s skills in the kitchen leading to her being crowned champion, she admitted finding out about the Facebook alert has put a downer on the whole event.
“Obviously it’s still good to raise £200 for a fantastic charity, and it was good to win.
“But finding out about that the next day did put a dampener on it,” she added.
“We are looking into it now to try to find out who sent it and why.”