Charity donation is the real thing

Proprietors Mark and Sarah Sear from The Golden Lion Inn, and bar manager Belinda Fuller, present a cheque to Philip Blease and John Colgate from The Stithians Centre

Two Cornish pubs have donated £1k to their chosen charities following their recent successes at the Great British Pub Awards.

Coca Cola has provided the funds after The Bowgie Inn received the Staff Welfare award and The Golden Lion, near Redruth, won the Frontline Support catgory.

The Bowgie Inn, Newquay, is donating its £1k to Cornwall Hospice Care, while The Golden Lion selected Stithians Community Centre.

Additionally, Coca Cola will provide £10k to both pubs to invest in a business upgrade or a community project over the next six months.

Bowgie Inn owner, Sally Pickles, said: “We are over the moon to be able to give the £1k donation to Cornwall Hospice Care, an incredible charity which has a positive impact on people’s lives, every single day.

“It’s difficult to put into words how challenging this year has been for the pub and hospitality industries. We have a very long road ahead, but we’re determined to stay positive and are passionate about keeping The Bowgie at the heart of its community.”

Golden Lion landlady, Sarah Sear, added: “We were bowled over by the award win – to know that so many people voted for us means the world, and being able to make a donation like this as a result makes all the hard work even more worth it.”

Sally Pickles from The Bowgie Inn presents a cheque to Oliver Hoare, head of fundraising for Cornwall Hospice Care and Melanie Evans, events and community manager for Cornwall Hospice Care.