The Hare and Hounds in St Albans raises close to £5K for The Hospice of St Francis

The Hare and Hounds Pub on Sopwell Lane in St Albans has raised £4,580 for The Hospice of St Francis.

The historic gastropub has held a variety of fundraising events in memory of Anne Doran, who was cared for by The Hospice of St Francis.  Anne met her husband Jim 30 years ago while she was working behind the bar at The Hare and Hounds.

Elaine Rainsford, Licensee at The Hare and Hounds, said: “Anne died at the end of May and at her funeral, Jim asked us to do a raffle for the Hospice rather than flowers or cards.  The raffle raised £800 on the day of her wake.  People were so generous, putting money into the pot without even taking tickets.

“We all decided to run a fundraising event for the Hospice alongside our annual Golf Day, which was organised at the Batchwood Golf Club on the August bank holiday by Simon Wright and raised £800. 

“When everyone came back to The Hare and Hounds afterwards, we held a live music evening with three bands and an auction. People and local businesses donated some incredible prizes: a landrover off-road experience day; Sue Rickard donated a six bedroom villa in Spain for a week; there was a golf day with lunch at Porters Park Golf Club; we had signed Tottenham and Arsenal shirts; A & C Meats and Hedges Farm donated meat vouchers; Steamer Trading gave us some kitchen canisters; we had several bottles of champagne and much more.

“It was a real community effort because so many people ran around getting prizes. People were so generous.”

Elaine presented a large cheque to Sarah Byrt, a Trustee of the Hospice, on Friday 23 October 2015. They were joined by Anne Doran’s husband Jim, Elaine’s husband Paul, by Simon Wright who organised a fundraising Golf Day, and by Vanessa Howden-Smith, In Memoriam Fundraising Manager at the Hospice.

Trustee Sarah Byrt, who lives in St Albans, said: “We are hugely grateful to The Hare and Hounds and all its customers, and to Jim Doran for raising such a large sum of money for The Hospice of St Francis. This money will pay for one of the beds in our Inpatient Unit for 10 days.

“All our care is free for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The Hospice’s services cost £4.8 million each year to provide, only 20% of which is covered by the NHS, so we are reliant on the generosity of our local community.”

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