Walsoken pub’s fundraising efforts for cancer charities reaches £35,000 milestone

Presentation to £8000 to three local charities at the Black bear at Wisbech. left: Joe hill landlor

Presentation to £8000 to three local charities at the Black bear at Wisbech. left: Joe hill landlord, Eddie Connally, Michael Richardson, Wesley hill bar manager, Paul Retchless, Dale Johnston, & front row Mary Dunn Air Ambulance. the black bear Nev Lunn & Jeff Fitt. - Credit: Archant

A Fenland pub has raised £35,000 for three cancer charities since one the landlord’s grandson was diagnosed with the disease in February 2010.

The Black Bear, Walsoken, has tirelessly fundraised for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Addenbrooke’s Hospital C10 cancer ward and Clic Sergeant.

Landlord Joe Hill’s grandson Jack Thulborn died aged 16 of leukaemia in November 2010.

In the past six months the pub held a bungee jump, two golf days and Jack’s mother Trudy Hill had her head shaved.

Their efforts added £8,100 to the pot, with cheques presented to representatives of their three chosen charities on Wednesday.

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Mr Hill said: “We had always done charity stuff at the pub but what happened to Jack was such a big kick to do more.

“The cancer took hold so quickly. He was diagnosed in February and died in November.

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“It was absolutely dreadful but Addenbrooke’s Hospital was brilliant.

“The first two cheques we handed to Addenbrooke’s were for £10,000 each. One was for a sponsored bike ride, which Jack took part in since he was still alive.”

The pub is not resting on its laurels - staff is taking part in Movember to raise funds for East Anglian Air Ambulance and more golf days are planned for next year.

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