We encourage our pubs to actively support the fund raising activities of our staff and customers. Our pubs assist by helping with collections, sponsored activities, the use of our rooms, and publicity.
As in previous years Marston’s Inns and Taverns Charitable Trust has matched funds raised by our pub staff. In 2016 the contribution from the Trust totalled £17,400. The Trust continues receives donations from Head Office events (“give back days” including fire-walking, cake sales, raffles and auctions) and directly from employees through their voluntary salary credit.
Events undertaken by our pub teams and their loyal customers include: marathons, walking from Lands End to John O'Groats, walking the 100 mile Cheshire ring canal path, pig racing, raffles, tombolas, and fancy dress parties.
The worthy causes are nearly all locally based or have a local connection and vary from providing transport for Cancer patients to children's hospitals, children suffering with blindness and or cancer, meningitis and the RNLI.
Marston’s also operates an employee charity, supported by contributions from the company, which year donated £11,000 to various causes.
Our unique Help for Heroes blonde ale has helped generate a contribution of over £160,000 to the charity from donations and a contribution of 5 pence per bottle to the charity.
A unique bottled beer created by three injured veterans in partnership with Marston’s raised funds for the Help for Heroes charity.
It is brewed at the Burton Upon Trent brewery by Innovations Brewer, Genevieve Upton with three ex-Servicemen Pete Dunning, Dan ‘Baz’ Whittingham and Simon Brown who were all injured in action whilst serving for the British Forces.
Simon Brown said: “We wanted a modern tasting ale and Pete, Baz and I all had a definite idea of how we wanted the beer to taste. Genevieve was brilliant in capturing that for us.”
Local community based charities are at the heart of fund raising events in all our pubs formats. Sterling work continues up and down the length and breadth of the country. The types of events are varied and range from carnivals, race nights, family fun days, entertainment, quizzes, raffles, to sponsored runs, walks, cycles, climbs and marathons!
Give Back Week, the annual charity based initiative set up by Marston’s has had another successful year of donations; all in aid of both national and local charities, including Help for Heroes.
Following on from the fire walking challenges from their Give Back Week last year; Marston’s stepped it up a gear and set two main challenges for 2016, including a ‘Walk for Heroes’ and the ‘Ultimate Pub Crawl’. The Walk for Heroes entailed a 2 day charity walk from Burton Brewery to Park Brewery, Wolverhampton.
The 10 day Ultimate Pub Crawl included a 750 mile bike ride, taking a bunch of enthusiastic Marston’s employees from their northernmost pub situated just north of Dundee, The Dunnichen Stone to their southernmost brewery, Ringwood. A relay of Marston’s teams completed the 10 day challenge, passing a selection of Marston’s pubs and breweries - with the last team of six, including head office and operational employees tackling the final miles to Ringwood Brewery.
The events raised in excess of £13,000 for Help fir Heroes.
For more information on Give Back Week, you can see the action on socials via the #gbwultimatepubcrawl or to donate you can visit their Just Giving page www.justgiving.com
Also in 2016 our Destination pub teams undertook a week of epic feats from climbing the 3 peaks, cycling from coast to coast, sky diving, mud racing and completing the Great North Run ALL whilst carrying a firkin of Marston’s beer!
The Marston’s Taverns & Leased teams and the individual pubs really pulled together to achieve the incredible.
From raffles and garden parties to the marketing team’s dance-a-thon and impressive firewalk at The Firs, everyone has played their part in raising a sum that will go on to directly help two very worthy causes – Help for Heroes, supporting our wounded servicemen and Little Heroes who help children cope with life with cancer.
We have to give a special mention to The Boar’s Head, Standish, who showed their true colours by fundraising well over £5,000 by hosting a reverse bungee jump all in aid of The Christie, which is one of Europe’s leading cancer centres. Rene Hayes, Landlady said, “I can’t believe the support from our customers, staff and local community. We have raised a fantastic amount of money for a cause close to all our hearts. We worked hard to recruit local businesses and make the event our most successful yet. We were rushed off our feet all day with spectators buying food and drink. Our next fundraising event will be a firewalk on Bonfire Night in aid of Little Heroes.”
Morph Man John Defeats Marathon Madness
John Gartland, Manager of The Old Millstone, Macclesfield has achieved what majority of us can only dream about – and that is to run seven marathons in seven consecutive days, all in the name of charity.
John, who had previously ran to every Premier League Football club in 21 days back in 2012 decided to take this challenge slightly differently; by not only running a marathon a day, but also running these in an ‘energy sapping morph suit’ which purposely decreases the amount of oxygen to John during his running.
The 182 mile round trip, which started during the last week of April saw John pass 22 sports grounds, including both rugby and football stadium grounds from Macclesfield to Manchester to Liverpool and everywhere in between!
The sole focus for taking on these intensive and exhausting challenges is all for raising as much donations and awareness for the charities close to his heart. Both NHS Echo Hospital Charity and the East Cheshire Hospice will be the main charities to benefit from all of John’s hard work.
John said of his challenge: “I am overwhelmed with the support I have had, not only from my family and friends but also from people I have seen along the way. It was definitely hard and really painful at some points, so ice baths have been my saviour throughout; but my main focus throughout has been the charities and that was what kept me going!”
For more information on John’s challenge and to donate money, you can visit his JustGiving page at - www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ or keep up to date via his twitter @morphman7 and for more information on attending the celebration event .