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The Bell at Lacock steps up charity effort

Charity begins at home for the managers of one Lacock pub, who are well on track to raise £50,000 for the Bath Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal.

Alan and Heather Shepherd set out to raise £10,000 in 2010 to mark their tenth anniversary in charge of The Bell at Lacock, but after recruiting family and friends they soon surpassed their target, taking in £40,000.

They are looking to raise an extra £10,000 to become one of the appeal’s ‘Principal Community Partners’.

The pair have already organised a sponsored 100-mile trek of the Cotswold Way, a family fete and beer festival, and the Bell Ball at Chippenham Neeld Hall, which raised more than £9,000 in a charity auction.

Their next event will be a Christmas fair at the pub on December 15, when a choir will perform and Father Christmas will be in his grotto. There will be gift and craft stalls with festive food.

If the pub reaches its £50,000 target it will receive a formal acknowledgement in the hospital’s new Cancer Centre.

Tim Hobbs from The Forever Friends Appeal said: “We are extremely proud to have The Bell at Lacock as our first Senior Community Partners for the Campaign.

“We are really hopeful for them to become ‘Principal Community Partners’ as they deserve a significant, lasting acknowledgement.”

For more information on the pub’s events, call (01249) 730308.