Hartlepool pub boss raises more than £2,500 town for hospice after quitting alcohol for a month

A Hartlepool pub landlord has managed to raise thousands after quitting drinking for a month.

Thursday, 4th November 2021, 4:45 am

Although other members of staff did not join him in the endeavour, a number of charity events, including a showcase evening by students from the Kate Sirs School of Music and a big raffle, were held at the pub during the month to help raise additional money for the hospice.

Ian has said he is “over the moon” after £2,500 were raised in total.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Ian enjoyed his first pint in over a month on Monday, November 1.

He announced the fundraiser’s outcome with a pint in hand at the start of this month with Nursery Inn customers bursting out in applause as he revealed the final sum.

Ian told the Mail: “It went really well. I am absolutely over the moon.”

Ian, 42, who successfully completed Sober October four year ago, has said that his second attempt at it wasn’t difficult at all, despite him having to serve pints and his weekly pool games with his friends presenting a potential challenge.

He said: "It was fine, a walk in the park.”

However, Ian, who had his first drink at around 8pm on Monday, November 1, has said having a pint a month later was “nice”, adding: "It was good.”

Read More

Read More
Hartlepool woman raises more than £5,500 in memory of her husband who lost his f...

Ian decided to raise the money for the town’s Alice House Hospice because “they have had such a rough time with lack of funding as many charities have due to Covid”.

The hospice, which supports people affected by a life limiting illness, received Ian’s donation at the start of the week.

Ian, who grew up in the Park Road area of Hartlepool, said: "I dropped it off on Monday. They were really happy.”

Ian has added that there will be more charity events at the pub in the future.

He said: "We’re always doing bits and bobs throughout the year, so at some point there will be something.”

Follow the Nursery Inn’s Facebook page for updates.

Support your Mail and become a subscriber today.

Enjoy unlimited access to all of our news and sport, see fewer ads, experience faster load times, test your brain with daily puzzles and get access to exclusive newsletters.

Your support for our journalism means we can continue telling Hartlepool’s stories for generations to come. Click here to subscribe - and click here to get a snapshot of the Mail’s news and sport to your inbox through our email newsletters.