Staff and regulars at The Village Inn, Longframlington chose CLIC Sargent as their charity of the year at the start of 2015 and smashed their £10,000 fundraising target, raising £13,942 for the charity.
The fundraising took on new momentum when the pub's 21-year-old barmaid Becky Cole was diagnosed with cancer a week later. Becky has been supported by CLIC Sargent Social Worker Jo Tindle at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
Staff and customers held a series of fundraising events and challenges to raise money, including a gruelling ‘triathlon’ that saw them climb Ben Nevis, canoe the Caledonian Canal and cycle back to the start - all within 48 hours.
At the final cheque presentation in January, Becky said: “CLIC Sargent has been amazing, not just in helping me, but my family and partner too.”
Reflecting on how much better she is feeling now, Becky said: “I’m just glad to be back to normal. It hasn’t even felt like a bad experience because treatment is so good these days and because of the support I’ve had.
"It definitely hasn’t been a traumatic experience because the community spirit has shown the brighter side of things.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Dee Tyler said: “When I first met Terry, the landlord of the pub, and he said he wanted to raise £10,000, I thought ‘come on, it’s a small pub in a village!’ - little did I know!
"They have done so well and I want them all to know just how much it is appreciated.”