A PASSPORT which is making its way around the UK as part of a pub chain’s fundraising mission for a children’s charity received a civic welcome when it arrived in South Tyneside.
Staff from Stonegate pubs in Scotland started the document’s journey and the plan is that it will end its tour of the country, via every bar the chain owns, in the South of England.
Yesterday, the giant passport was delivered to Kirkpatricks in Ocean Road, South Shields, where it was met by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Pat, along with owner of the bar Scott Ramsay, youngsters from the Checkmat Academy and children of staff and customers.
This year, the pub chain, which has more than 700 premises, is hoping to raise £250,000 for Variety, the children’s charity, which supports children with disabilities.
Mr Ramsay said: “The passport is making its way around every pub the company owns throughout the UK which has been tasked to raise cash for the charity.
“The company is hoping to raise £250,000 for the cause, which we are on target to smash.
“The response from our staff and customers to the fundraising venture has been fantastic.
“It was great we were able to have the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress here to receive the passport, and to take round to Yates’s, which is also owned by the company.”
Mr Ramsay who has been manager of the pub for the past two years added: “Kirkpatricks regularly fundraises for charity and it’s great to see not only the staff getting involved but also our customers.
“We have fantastic customers who really get behind all our charity efforts. We pledged to raise £250 for the Variety charity but we have raised a lot more than that.”