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Hospitality venues in Bury St Edmunds are intent on ‘not giving up’ as they run and walk throughout January to raise money for charity.

Staff from Oakes Barn have been raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care, with co-founder Heather Warren posting regular updates of her walks on social media.

“It’s just been nice to talk to people and it’s about not giving up,” she said.

Heather Warren has been visiting various pubs near her home Picture by Heather Warren
Heather Warren has been visiting various pubs near her home Picture by Heather Warren

“Publicans are the heart of the community so it’s also about keeping that ethos alive.

“It’s been quite uplifting and nice to learn more about our local surroundings but also fund-raise for a good cause.”

Heather, who before owning the pub was a nurse at West Suffolk Hospital in the latter stages of her career, said the walks had even given her a chance to visit pubs and places she’d never been to before.

Heather visited Icklingham at the start of the month Picture by Heather Warren
Heather visited Icklingham at the start of the month Picture by Heather Warren

So far the team have walked nearly 500 miles collectively, with £335 raised.

Meanwhile, staff from The Angel Hotel, part of the Gough Hotels group, have been doing the same to raise money for Hospitality Action, a charity offering vital assistance to those who work, or have worked in the hospitality industry, and Survivors in Transition, an Ipswich-based charity helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

They have been doing so alongside staff from The Salthouse in Ipswich, and the Southwold Pier.

So far the team have upped their target of 1200 miles to 2400 and have raised £570 for the two chosen charities.

To sponsor Oakes Barn staff, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/1000-years

To sponsor The Angel Hotel staff, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=GoughHotels&pageUrl=1

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