Pub’s prize draw rakes in cash for the hospice

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PUB punters packed their local to help it smash its record raffle total for charity.

The Robin Hood pub at Brook Street, Tring, raised £1543 for Iain Rennie Hospice at Home (IRHH) at its Christmas draw night held last month.

One of the pub’s landlord’s Terry Johnson said it was a ‘great evening’ for the boozer.

He said: “We know IRHH is a good charity and a lot of our customers have had their families use that service at one point or another.

“It is also quite close to a lot of our customers’ hearts.”

The pub, which regularly raises money for the charity in quiz nights and by holding an annual bike ride, has given thousands of pounds to the hospice over years of support.

On the night hosted by Antiques Roadshow presenter John Bly, the pub raffled off prizes donated by businesses in the town as well as tickets to rugby matches.

An auction of 35 Arsenal FC pennants also raked in £100 to add to the total.

Mr Johnson praised the efforts of Phil and Annie Norgan, who help organise the prizes for the night. He said: “Because of his letters#, we get stuff like the pennants and a couple of family tickets to rugby matches.”

The pub plans to hold its charity bike ride once again this year, scheduled for Sunday, September 25. Last year’s 13.5-mile challenge for cyclists raised £2,000 for IRHH, which nurses people suffering from life-threatening illnesses.