Batemans’ pubs are the toast of eight charities after raising nearly £60,000 for worthy causes.
The family brewer in Wainfleet supported both local and national charities throughout last year – a highlight of which was the first ‘Big Week’ which took place from May 25 to May 31.
It is hugely important for Batemans to raise money for charities and get involved in local initiativesJaclyn Bateman, marketing director
This raised a remarkable £10,629 for the local learning disability charity, Linkage Community Trust, and 52 of the Batemans pubs took part, with events held in pubs and at the head office.
The week was launched at the brewery Visitors Centre with a beer festival opening attended by the CEO of Linkage, Ges Roulstone.
A stand out event of the ‘Big Week’ was a Human Jukebox night held at the Napoleon in Boston, where customers paid for a song of their choice to be sung by a live musician. If other customers did not like their choice of song they could pay for it to be stopped.
Other activities included car washes, pet shows and auctions and both landlords, tenants and account teams took part.
Marketing director of Batemans, Jaclyn Bateman, completed the Moonwalk in London and raised an impressive £623.96 for Breast Cancer Research.
This is the third Moonwalk Jaclyn has completed, alongside a 100km walk, generating both money and awareness for the charity. In addition, five Batemans pubs also took part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning, with each pub making and selling coffee and cakes to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Further charity activity undertaken by Batemans pubs has included events in November for Children in Need. In the same month, many of the Batemans pubs, alongside the brewery team, supported the Poppy Appeal, raising money for the Royal British Legion. The brewery team has also raised money internally for both Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund, which supports children suffering from cancer and their families, as well as local organisation Boston Butterfly Hospice.
The fundraising didn’t stop there, as on December 18, pubs across the Batemans estate took part in Christmas Jumper Day, raising money for charities of their choice. Customers coming into the pubs were encouraged to wear their Christmas jumpers and make a donation to the pub’s chosen cause.
Meanwhile, the Batemans head office also took part in Christmas Jumper day, with the proceeds going to the Text Santa charity initiative, which supports a range of UK-based charities.
Jaclyn said: “I am incredibly proud of both our brewery team, and our pubs, for their dedication to raising money for such a variety of good causes throughout 2015.
“We are thrilled with the huge amount we have raised for great charities, such as Linkage Community Trust, that support hundreds of people across the community, and indeed nationwide. It is hugely important for Batemans to raise money for charities and get involved in local initiatives, as well as encouraging our landlords, tenants and customers to donate to worthwhile causes. We are looking forward to continuing our fundraising efforts into 2016.”