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Charity pub walk raises hospice cash

Staff and customers at The Cote Park took part in a fancy dress sponsored walk raising over �2000 for John Eastwood Hospice, pictured are some of the walkers including landlord Billy Dix, Murray Abbot, Martin Vickers, Paul Bodenham, Dave Smith, Adam Wrights and Donna Walker

Staff and customers at The Cote Park took part in a fancy dress sponsored walk raising over �2000 for John Eastwood Hospice, pictured are some of the walkers including landlord Billy Dix, Murray Abbot, Martin Vickers, Paul Bodenham, Dave Smith, Adam Wrights and Donna Walker

Regulars from an Alfreton pub have raised more than £2,000 for charity after completing a sponsored walk, stopping at 15 public houses en-route.

Customers from the Cotes Park Inn in Nottingham Road, took park in the five-mile walk, which was organised by landlord Billy Dix to raise money for John Eastwood Hospice, in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

The hospice provides care for patients with advanced cancer and other conditions requiring specialist palliative care such as Motor Neurone Disease.

Over one hundred people took part in the charity walk with around half of the walkers donning fancy dress for the event which saw them travel from Somercotes to Alfreton via Swanwick 
stopping off at a mammoth 
15 pubs over the course of the day.

While the walk sounds like it may have turned into a bit of a stumble after the first few pubs, organiser Billy said otherwise: “It was a brilliant day and if I’m honest a lot of the walkers were on the soft drinks after a few pubs!

“The whole event was such a success, we’re looking to do it all again next year and make it an annual thing.

“We received so much 
positive feedback and remarks about how it brought the whole community together which is a great feeling.

“The only feeling that wasn’t so good was how we all felt the next day!”

After the event walkers flocked back to the Cotes Park Inn and enjoyed a night of 
festivities which included a old time piano player, 
karaoke and a sing along.

 

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