Pub fundraiser helps children’s hospital

Luke Clegg, 10, Shad Hussein, 8, and Adam Fowler, 10, take part in an Aston Villa training session as part of the fundraising day
Luke Clegg, 10, Shad Hussein, 8, and Adam Fowler, 10, take part in an Aston Villa training session as part of the fundraising day

A Rushden pub has hosted a day of fun activities – to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The Welcome Inn, in Irchester Road, was putting on the Party in the Car Park event on behalf of the London children’s hospital.

Events included professional football coaching, run by staff from Aston Villa FC, a dog show and music from a host of local artists.

The pub’s landlord, Billy Hammond, said the event was the latest in a series of fundraiser in memory of a friend’s son, who was treated at the hospital.

“Every year we do something for Great Ormond Street Hospital,” he said. “Last year an auction made £1,400, and we made enough for two incubators. This year we had to think of something completely different.”

He said plans were also in place for a group of friends to visit the hospital with a view to redecorating and revamping it. He added: “Six of us will spend a week renovating it some time next year.”

He also thanked local companies like Arthur Spriggs, for providing a trailer free of charge for acts to use as a stage, Rush Tan for sponsoring the Miss Welcome Inn competition, and Gladwells Pet & Countryt Store, which sponsored the dog show.